Colin Cuvée La Fosse Le Loup Coteaux Champenois Blanc Millésime 2018

$90.00

This fine, rare white Vertus is crafted exclusively from Chardonnay grapes grown on our enclosed plot (clos) “La Fosse le Loup” in the very heart of the village and cultivated since 1963. It brings us back to the origins of champagne, to a time when it was not yet effervescent. It enjoys the additional advantage of being matured in wooden barrels, retaining its crisp tension and the minerality so characteristic of the Vertus terroir, not to mention the generosity of the fruit. It represents – with an added touch of modernity – the Vertus vineyards’ “Coteaux Champenois” of yesteryear.

(Please note bottle pictured in 2017. Stock is 2018)

Composition

100% Chardonnay from 2018 grapes. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation. Aged on lees: 12 months.

Tasting Notes

The initial aromas are notes of peach, damp chalk, brine and toast with a hint of vanilla. Aerating the wine brings out clove, quince, brioche, lemon, star anise and dried fruit ending on floral aromas of sunflower and buttercup.

The wood ageing creates an earthy ventilation and sharp aromatic concentration in the mouth with fleshy and lemony fruit at the core. It all comes together with elegance and balance that lingers until the smooth, fresh and delicious final flavour where the wine dazzles.

Serve with soft poached eggs with mushrooms, bacon and parmesan, can and apple tart, fattened chicken supreme and saffron sauce.

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Meet the Grower: Champagne Colin

Women pioneered the Colin Champagne vineyard, which is now run by brothers Richard and Romain Colin. The passion for vines and wine began with their grandmothers Geneviève Prieur and Marie Louise Radet who both inherited vines from their parents. But the family’s first winegrower dates back to 1829 with Constant Piéton, the great grandfather of Geneviève Prieur, Richard’s and Romain’s maternal grandmother.

Wine-making

The harvest, hand-picked when the grapes reach perfect maturity, is then taken to a traditional wooden Coquard press as well as a pneumatic press on the property. A few months in casks give the wines time to oxygenate slowly.

At Champagne Colin, the wines are aged on the lees for at least double the minimum time required and for more than 6 months after disgorgement. Each plot is vinified separately to allow each of our terroirs to fully express its character. Thanks to these traditional methods tending vines and crafting wines, Champagne Colin champagnes are marked by finesse and elegance, and typical of the Côte des Blancs’ greatest vineyards.

The Estate

Most of the 10-hectare estate is planted with Chardonnay – the king of grape varieties in the Blanc de blancs area of Champagne, France – in the prestigious Côte des Blancs in Vertus, Bergères-les-Vertus and Cuis, classified as Premier Cru Champagne and in the Grand Cru villages of Cramant and Oiry. Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are grown in the village of Sézanne. The rest of the vineyard lies further away in Venteuil in the Marne Valley and in Dormans.

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