"A wine of tremendous breadth"
Ulysse Collin Les Enfers Extra-Brut (2014)

Posted by Joe Salamone

"The 2014 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Enfers is a wine of tremendous breadth and staying power." - Antonio Galloni

On Saturday, we offered Collin's 2015 Maillons. Today, I'm happy to offer the 2014 Les Enfers, which is the most difficult of Collin's lineup to find in quantity.

photo of bottle of Collin Enfer BdB

Ulysse Collin's Les Enfers has mind-boggling complexity and profound depth. It weaves together a kaleidoscope of flavors that seem to constantly evolve: stone fruits, earth, herbs, flowers, and fine minerality. The intensity of the aromatics is striking.

Les Enfers is an all Chardonnay single vineyard cuvée that's located in Roises, one of Collin's other sites. Like Roises, Enfers is composed of clay topsoil with limestone subsoil. 

The 2014 Les Enfers shows incredible breadth and depth that are married to tension and rigorous detail. The combination is thrilling. It boasts an extremely complicated grandeur of scale.

There's no doubt that the 2014 vintage in Champagne had its difficult moments. Growers were thankfully helped out by the end of the growing season sunshine. In 2014, the wines get stronger as you travel south. The Aube produced plenty of really good wines. Tasting Ulysse Collin it certainly feels like his area in the Côte de Sézanne, which is in between the Côte des Blancs and the Aube, saw serious success in 2014.

Collin is among a handful of vignerons redefining great Champagne. Before taking over his family's vineyards, Collin spent time working under Anselme Selosse, which heavily influenced his winemaking style. The 2014 Les Enfers is a monument to the singular nature of Collin's wine. 

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media: "The 2014 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Enfers is a wine of tremendous breadth and staying power. Clay-rich soils in Congy yield a Champagne of real textural resonance. Apricot, orange peel, vanilla and tropical overtones infuse the 2014 with notable character. All the elements seem amplified in the Enfers, including a mousse that is a bit brawny. This release includes 10% reserve wines from 2013 and spent a total of 48 months on its lees. Olivier Collin has another lot in the cellar that will be released with 60 months on the lees. Dosage is 2.4 grams per liter. Disgorged: March, 2018."