Ulysee Colin Les Maillons Extra Brut

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White Sparkling
12% Alcohol
by Charles Heidsieck
While the Côte des Bar is arguably Champagne’s most vocal concentration of independent, terroir-obsessed growers, the fame of the Coteaux du Petit Morin and the Côte de Sézanne terroirs' – the southerly continuation of the Côte des Blancs – rests largely on the shoulders of one vigneron. It’s just as well those shoulders belong to Olivier Collin. As a student of law, Collin was another who fell into the orbit of Jacques Selosse under whom he first became vineyard stagiaire in 2001. Fast-forward four years (if we may) and this law student-cum-vigneron 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 of terroir Champagne on its hands.

Without going into chapter and verse, Collin’s work in the vineyard, in many ways, mirrors that of other growers. Collin’s vineyards are ploughed and yields are strictly controlled when required (Mother Nature did this work for him in 2012). Grass is allowed to grow naturally during the winter, and Collin ploughs at appropriate moments throughout the growing season. No herbicides or pesticides are used. The grapes are pressed in a traditional 1950s Coquard press, and the juice is vinified in a growing coterie of large-format barrels and foudre, with no added yeasts (or anything else). After ten months élevage in barrel the wines are neither fined nor filtered before bottling in July. Collin disgorges after a minimum 24 months on lees with a tiny 1-3 grams dosage. These are some of the most original and satisfying terroir wines emanating from Champagne. And we are very proud to welcome them into our portfolio.
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