Ulysse Collin


Ulysse Collin 'Les Enfers'|Blanc de Blancs|NV

Descriptors & Texture

Descriptors & Texture


Creamy Chardonnay Dominant

Winemaking

Winemaking


Extra Brut Aged 4 Years on Lees

Earth

Earth


Mineral Chalky

Congy

Congy

What to expect


Emperor are proud to have a strictly limited allocation of this elusive producer - Ulysse Collin. 

The name Enfer (hell) probably relates to the reddish colour of the clay. The 2013 offered today was aged in Olivier’s cellar for 48 months on lees and disgorged with 2.4 grams dosage only. It’s a deep, layered, seductive wine with a creamy core of rich stone fruit and nutty lees complexity and a long, driven finish.  

Les Enfers, and Les Roises, are neighbouring parcels with the former exposed east and the latter exposed south. The soils for both parcels are clay and chalk with flint, although Les Enfers has much less clay. The lower amount of clay (and therefore higher chalk content) often makes for a sleeker, more quicksilver expression of Congy although the clay is deeply brown and rich in iron, which brings power, and the longer ageing is now giving more and more depth and complexity. 

Technical details

Single vintage (2013) disgorged in March 2018. Les Enfers is 100% Chardonnay from a 0.6 hectare, 40-year-old vineyard in Congy, also in the Coteaux du Petit Morin

$274.99

Club Price $260.30 (?)

Descriptors & Texture

Descriptors & Texture


Creamy Chardonnay Dominant

Winemaking

Winemaking


Extra Brut Aged 4 Years on Lees

Earth

Earth


Mineral Chalky

What to expect


Emperor are proud to have a strictly limited allocation of this elusive producer - Ulysse Collin. 

The name Enfer (hell) probably relates to the reddish colour of the clay. The 2013 offered today was aged in Olivier’s cellar for 48 months on lees and disgorged with 2.4 grams dosage only. It’s a deep, layered, seductive wine with a creamy core of rich stone fruit and nutty lees complexity and a long, driven finish.  

Les Enfers, and Les Roises, are neighbouring parcels with the former exposed east and the latter exposed south. The soils for both parcels are clay and chalk with flint, although Les Enfers has much less clay. The lower amount of clay (and therefore higher chalk content) often makes for a sleeker, more quicksilver expression of Congy although the clay is deeply brown and rich in iron, which brings power, and the longer ageing is now giving more and more depth and complexity. 

Technical details

Single vintage (2013) disgorged in March 2018. Les Enfers is 100% Chardonnay from a 0.6 hectare, 40-year-old vineyard in Congy, also in the Coteaux du Petit Morin

About the house

About the house


Food suggestion

Today the fame of the Coteaux du Petit Morin and Côte de Sézanne terroirs—for lovers of great grower wines anyway—rest on the shoulders of one vigneron. It’s just as well that those shoulders belong to Olivier Collin. Collin was one of a group of young growers (several of whom are now revered) who fell into the orbit of Anselme Selosse – who he ended up working with in 2001. Fast forward four years and Collin had managed to untangle his family’s 8 hectares of vines from the lengthy, byzantine contracts his family had made with Pommery, and the Coteaux du Petit Morin had a star in the making. By 2012, Antonio Galloni was compelled to write that: “There is little question Collin’s wines are now on the same level as those of his mentor, Anselme Selosse.” Whether you agree with that sentiment or not, there’s no hiding from the fact that this grower’s wines today represent some of the finest in Champagne. Without going into chapter and verse, Collin’s vineyards are ploughed and yields are strictly controlled when required. The grass is allowed to grow naturally during the winter, no herbicides or pesticides are used and strict sorting occurs at harvest. In the Congy cellar, the grapes are pressed in a traditional 1950s Coquard press and the juice is vinified in a growing collection of large-format barrels and foudre, with no added yeasts (or anything else). Collin neither fines nor filters and ages each pressing separately in old barrels of varying sizes, after which they are blended and bottled in July. Collin disgorges after a minimum 24 months on lees with a tiny 1-3 grams dosage. In short, these are some of the most original and outstanding terroir-driven wines emanating from Champagne. They are simply ‘required drinking’ for both students of Champagne in general and followers of the greatest grower wines in particular. 

Food suggestion


 Les Enfers should be enjoyed with caviar and other haute cuisine.