"Collin's 2014 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Roises is a wonderfully inviting, nuanced Champagne that captures the interplay of richness and freshness that this south-facing site is capable of. Apricot, melon, mint and exotic white flowers meld together in a dense, textured Champagne loaded with class and personality. This release is mostly 2014, with just 10% reserve wines from 2013. Most importantly, Les Roises is all class. Dosage is 2.4 grams per liter."
95, Wine Advocate:
"The NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Roises (2014) is based on the 2014 vintage, supplemented by 10% of reserve wines from 2013, and it was disgorged with 2.4 grams per liter dosage in March 2019 after 48 months sur lattes. It's already quite open and expressive, in keeping with Collin's other 2014-based releases, bursting from the glass with aromas of crisp Anjou pear, waxy citrus rind, green mango, blanched almonds and pastry cream. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, broad and enveloping, with ripe but racy acids, a deep and crisply fleshy core of fruit and a long, saline finish. This is quite a textural, gourmand and charming rendition of Les Roises, and it's exquisitely elegant." William Kelley
This bottling involves vines of 65 years old, selection massale south-facing Chardonnay vines from Congy, which have distinctively suffered from two illness of ‘millerandage’ and ‘court-noué’. The former produces small berries of various sizes resulting in irregular ripeness while the latter very slowly softens the vigour of a vine.
With a higher skin to juice ratio due to the illness affected small berries, along with Olivier’s efforts of 35 ha/hl yields (similar to Grand Cru classification yields in Burgundy), have created wines of some tannin, grip, intense concentration and serious longevity.
Ulysse Collin 'Les Roises' Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut 2014