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Ulysse Collin’s latest releases

Ulysse Collin’s latest releases
Olivier Collin’s wines, produced under his Ulysses Collin label, have quickly established themselves as some of the most exciting Champagnes being produced in the region today. He is a fanatical grower with an eye for detail and excellent old vineyards, whose singular expressions he manages to amplify and condense into bottles of Champagne that in reality taste more like bottles of fine wine. Three of his four vineyards produce Chardonnay, the other Pinot Noir. The latter produces both an arresting Blanc de Noir and a highly vinous Rosé de Saignée, while the Chardonnay vineyards are wonderfully individual, full of towering mineral structures and profound complexity. His massale selection vines are truly ancient in Champagne terms, ranging from 40 – 70 years old.

After last year’s sell-out success, we’re delighted to be able to all five of his cuvees this year. The three 2014 base wines on offer today, Pierrieres and the two Les Maillons cuvees are both composed of 80% reserve wine and have seen 36 months sur lie. The two wines from the village of Congy, Les Enfers and Les Roisses, are based on the 2013 vintage contain 50% reserve wine. Both received 48 months sur lie. Dosage is under 2 grams across the board, with the exception of Les Maillons which is just over 2 grams.

Olivier cites Anselm Selosse as an inspiration, with whom he did an internship, and yet his wines are wonderfully free of oxidation. Elevage takes place in old barriques, with regular and fastidious topping up and zero battonage. Reserve wines are aged in Fuders, on their lees, vineyard by vineyard. The resulting wines, when they appear 36 and 48 months later are some of the purest, more expressive expressions of Champagne we know.