Les Maillons Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut NV (2016)

NV
France
Champagne

100% Pinot Noir. 40% 2016 & 60% reserve.

Les Maillons is a 6-hectare vineyard of which Collin owns 2.5 hectares in the village of Barbonne-Fayel in the Côte de Sézanne, just south of the Coteaux du Morin. The eastern-exposed Pinot Noir vines were planted in 1971 in heavy clay soils with chalky limestone sub-soils. As for all Collin Champagnes, the fruit is hand-harvested and pressed; the juice is lightly sulfured and settled overnight, then fermented spontaneously and slowly with natural yeasts in oak, with the reserve wine spending an extra year in barrel; the wine is bottled without fining, filtering or sulfuring and aged sur lattes for an extended period, 3 years in the case of Les Maillons. The wine is disgorged and finished with a small dosage of 1-2 grams/liter at most.

 

 

94 points
"The NV Extra-Brut Blanc de Noirs Les Maillons (2016 base) is effusive in its aromatics and also wonderfully deep, while also remaining light on its feet. This is an eccentric, heady style that really emphasizes the breadth of Pinot in its perfumed, fruit and structural feel. I would give the Maillons a bit more time in bottle to fully come together. Bright saline notes cut through a core of sweet red cherry, kirsch, dried flowers and spice. I loved it. Disgorged: March 1, 2020."
Antonio Galloni,
Vinous Media
, November 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB8937-16
Product Line: 
Wine
Sparkling
Varietal: 
Pinot Noir
Farming Type: 
Sustainable