We currently have a few bottles of the following Ulysse Collin champagnes in stock:
Champagne Les Maillons Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut (2014)
Champagne Les Pierrieres Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut (2015)
These are only given out to regular customers in individual bottles as an add-on, we are very sorry, we don't like such distribution either, but we get 2-3 boxes every year and they would otherwise be out of stock in 2 days.
About the winery:
The Collin family can look back on over 200 years of wine-growing tradition, but it was only the current owner Olivier Collin who began producing and bottling their own wines in 2003. According to his own statement, he was inspired by cult champagne maker Anselme Selosse, with whom he did an internship. As a result, he quickly managed to make a name for himself in the premium vintner champagne segment, so that despite all its individuality, the Ulysse Collin house is no longer an insider tip.
The estate is located in Cogny on the Coteaux du Morin, immediately south of the Côte des Blancs. Around nine hectares of vineyards are cultivated, with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Now only four wines are produced, all of them single-layer bottlings.
After the selective hand-picking and gentle pressing, all wines are fermented with natural yeasts from the vineyard and cellar in used barriques, which can take six to eight months. The subsequent malolactic fermentation (BSA malolactic fermentation) as well as the average 13-month expansion of the base wines take place in the same containers that are obtained from Burgundy and Bordeaux. Before the Tirage is neither fined nor filtered, the subsequent yeast storage extends over 32 to 36 months depending on the location and vintage. The disgorgement date is always stated on the labels, all champagnes are dosed for Ordinary Extra Brut.
The very natural, minimally invasive approach of Olivier Collin leads to extraordinarily independent, complex champagnes, in which you always notice the use of wood, but without ever overshooting the mark. Today Ulysse Collin stands for a puristic, powerful, yet precise mineral style for advanced and connoisseurs.
Image: courtesy of Peter Liem's ChampagneGuide.net ©