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NV Champagne Ulysse Collin Les Maillons Blanc de Noirs

Champagne, France

Super-rare Grower Champagne, aromatic, profound and utterly wonderful.

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$238.00

5.0
Rated 5.0 stars
2 Reviews
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About The Wine

Les Maillons is another awesome single vineyard wine from Champagne Ulysse Collin (who may be the only producer in Champagne to only release single-vineyard wines).

It is 100% Pinot Noir from the slopes of the Cotes de Sezanne, a couple of hours from the winery in Congy, and the variety really shows through the red fruit aromas and vinous, luxurious mouthfeel. So complex and fine-wine like, the bubbles are almost superfluous.

Only tiny amounts come into Australia once a year, so jump on this now.

About Ulysse Collin

To be mentioned in the same breath as legendary Champagne House Jacques Selosse is a pretty big deal and Ulysse Collin is definitely there.

Describing his 2001 vintage with Anselme Selosse as "one of those encounters that changes your life” Olivier is now well and truly making his own mark on the region and the broader Champagne-drinking world.

These artisanally-crafted Champagnes are very rare and becoming more sought-after with each release.

Winemaker Olivier Collin
Winemaker Olivier Collin
Champagne, France
Additional Info

From The Importer

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 the wine is worth it! As mentioned above, 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.

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.

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV : 12.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2031
Bottle Size : 750ml

Olivier Collin in the vineyard
Olivier Collin in the vineyard
Champagne, France
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

97Points
The Wine Advocate

"Disgorged in March 2021, the NV Extra-Brut Blanc de Noirs Les Maillons (2017) is based on the 2017 vintage and complemented by fully 70% reserve wines from the 2016 vintage. Bursting with aromas of mirabelle plum, crisp orchard fruit, fresh bread, vanilla pod and clear honey, it's full-bodied, vinous and enveloping, with a lavish core of fruit, bright acids and an enlivening pinpoint mousse. Concentrated and precise, Collin notes that he disgorges this cuvée with slightly higher levels of sulfites than its blanc de blancs counterparts to compensate for the inherent fragility of Pinot Noir." - William Kelley (The Wine Advocate)

Customer Reviews
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2 reviews
  • AL
    Adrian L.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 stars
    10 months ago
    complex & rich

    in my opinion one of the masters of grower champagnes, this blanc de noirs does not disappoint whatsoever, complex, rich and youthful at the core that tells you what it will be delivering in the years to come. Just need to find more bottles to age.

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  • JW
    Jack W.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    Rated 5 stars
    10 months ago
    great

    Great champagne

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