Collin elected to retain some 4,000 bottles of the NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Pierrières (2015) for additional maturation on the lees, disgorging them after 48 months in March 2020 with the usual 1.7 grams per liter dosage. Mingling aromas of citrus oil, fresh bread, macadamia nuts, crushed chalk and white flowers, it's full-bodied, multidimensional and tightly wound, with a deep and layered mid-palate, racy acids and a long, intensely chalky finish. As usual, it's the most chiseled, mineral wine in the range, but the additional time on lees has given the wine another dimension.
Disgorged in March 2019 with 1.7 grams per liter dosage, the NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Pierrières (2015) is based on the 2015 vintage and contains fully 60% reserve wines from 2014. It's still a touch shut down after its recent disgorgement, unwinding in the glass with scents of lemon oil, pomelo and crisp white peach that mingle with nuances of lily pollen and freshly baked bread. Full-bodied, deep and concentrated on the palate, it's searingly intense, with a racy spine of acidity that lends the wine incredible cut and energy, despite its unquestionable breadth and concentration. The finish is long, mouthwatering and electric. This is another brilliant Pierrières from Collin, but at least a year's patience is warmly recommended. 2020 - 2035
The NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Pierrières No. 85 is the most finely cut and translucent of Collin's three Blanc de Blancs. Transparent in the glass, the No. 85 is beautifully lifted and precise from start to finish. White flowers, mint, crushed rocks and lemon oil all punctuate this super-expressive, wonderfully inviting, totally crystalline Champagne from Olivier Collin. The No. 85 spent 36 months on its lees. Disgorged: March, 2019.
The NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Pierrières is fabulous. As is often the case, the Pierrières presents an explosive and crystalline expression of Chardonnay. Lemon, peel, crushed rocks, slate and dried pear are finely sketched. A wine of tension and energy, the Pierrières needs time in bottle to be at its very best. In this release, Les Pierrières is 50% 2014 and 50% 2013, bottled with 1.7 grams per liter of dosage. Disgorged: March, 2018.
This is based on the 2012 vintage and was disgorged in February 2016. 12.5% alcohol. Concentrated and intense with fine, expressive citrus fruits and a touch of herbiness, as well as some apple and pear richness. Focused, with nice bright lemony notes. Very fine and expressive, showing real intensity. Pristine and fine with lovely acidity.