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.
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