Blanc de Blancs Les Pierrieres Extra Brut
“Les Pierrières,” a vineyard near Congy, faces south/southeast. The topsoil is clay-limestone with only 10-50 cm depth. Subsoil or bedrock is composed of soft chalk and black flint carbonate (onyx). The combination of these two elements is rare in Champagne and contributes to the singularity of the Ulysse Collin champagnes. The vines are seleccion massale with an average age of 35 years.
Plowing of the vineyard began in 2003 in order to encourage the growth of microbial life. AB certified organic compost is used when needed. Each row in the vineyard alternates between natural grass and tilled soil.
Protection of plant life is mixed, both conventional and organic. No herbicide is applied in the vineyard.
Alcoholic fermentation occurs naturally in small oak barrels over 6-8 months. The barrel aging takes on average 12 months. The wine underwent no filtration. Each year, an average of 12,000 bottles is produces from this plot.
The aging on lees in the bottle has increased gradually from 24 to 36 months and contributes to the nose, and enhances the wine’s complexity and fullness of flavor.
Only Extra Brut (little or no dosage, depending on the vintage) is made from Les Pierrières in order to maintain the most accurate expression of the terroir. The mention of the vintage and the disgorgement date is shown on the label.
Ideal serving temperature is 12 degrees celsius. Decanting is encouraged.