Les Roises Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut NV (2016 base)


100% Chardonnay. 75% 2016 & 25% reserve wines. Les Roises is a 0.62-hectare monopole in Collin's home village of Congy in the northern Coteaux du Morin. The 65-year-old vines have full southern exposure and are planted on soft clay and silex topsoils over limestone. As for all Collin Champagnes, the fruit is hand-harvested, the clusters destemmed and the grapes gently pressed; the juice is fermented spontaneously and slowly (up to six months) with natural yeasts in mainly-used Burgundy barrels; reserve wines are held in foudres and tonneaux. The wine is bottled without fining or filtering and aged sur lattes for an extended period, 4 years in the case of Les Roises. The wine is disgorged and finished with a dosage of 1-2 grams/liter at most.

93 points
"The NV Extra-Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Roises (2015 base) captures all of the signatures of the house style in its vinous intensity and resonance. Readers will find a Blanc de Blancs that balances the natural generosity of this site with that extra touch of energy from the Extra-Brut style. I would give the 2015 a year or two in bottle, as it is still recovering from its disgorgement about six months ago. Apricot, chamomile, dried pear, smoke and light touches of floral honey linger. Disgorged: March 1, 2020."
Antonio Galloni,
Vinous Media
, November 2020

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