Ulysse Collin: Grower Champagne superstar

Ulysse Collin's wines are among the best and most sought-after of the modern grower Champagne movement. Inspired by Burgundy, owner Olivier Collin farms five hectares of vines from which he produces tiny quantities of a handful of single vineyard cuvées. These site-specific Champagnes are all fermented and aged in oak, and spend 3-5 years on their lees. They have more in common with fine white Burgundy than most Champagne, with an astonishing depth, focus and mineral freshness. These are truly fine wines that just happen to be sparkling.

For obvious reasons, these are very difficult to get hold of but we've been lucky enough to secure a couple of cases each of two wines. If you want to try the best and most exciting wines that grower Champagne has to offer, Ulysse Collin has to be on the list.

Ulysse Collin Les Maillons Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut
From 50 year old Pinot Noir vines grown on chalk and clay in the Coteaux du Sézannais. Aged for three years on its lees. Based on the 2017 vintage, disgorged in March 2021.

Ulysse Collin Les Enfers Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
From 40 year old Chardonnay vines in the Coteaux du Petit Morin. Aged on its lees for five years. Disgorged in March 2021.