Region: Champagne, FRA
Variety: Pinot Noir
The current release is based on 2017 with 65% (!) reserve wine from 2016. This is already a great, great Champagne—a beautifully textured and perfumed Blanc de Noirs that comes from a site in Barbonne-Fayel in the Côte de Sézanne.
Les Maillons is six hectares of iron-rich clay, of which Collin farms almost half (he is the only grower to work the soil in this site). The Ulysse-Collin parcel was originally planted with massale vines in 1971. The commute by tractor takes a good two hours from the cellar in Congy, but it's well worth the time.
It's a superb Pinot terroir and can ripen the grapes north of 12% potential alcohol easily—something very rare in Champagne. Despite the power, the location of the site also helps to conserve acidity and freshness thanks to its ventilated, east-facing exposure.
The current release includes a significantly higher portion of reserve wine than our earlier shipments and it’s all the better for it. It was aged in three- to six-year-old barrels (including some foudres) for the first seven months of its life. Disgorged with only 1.7 g/L.