Actually there are three artists involved in creating these daring wines; Florent, Thomas and Vincent Collet. Their cuvées demonstrate Côte de Sezanne's potential in presenting super-clean, naturally tasting wines which always include a portion of blocked MF, oak barrels, low Dosage and extended lees aging. For sure, Domaine Collet will soon join the region's elite.
Their village Fontaine Denis is centrally located in the sub-region Cote de Sézanne, which in itself lies south of Cote des Blancs. There are only 125 hectares registered as AOC Champagne here, and the Collet brothers farm 5,04 ha of these, divided into 15 different plots. Each plots is cared for and fermented separately, enabling the brothers multiple blending options.
The main brand at Domaine Collet is Empreinte de Terroir, which comes in four different versions; Brut, Extra Brut, Rosé de Saignée Brut and finally a Chardonnay Brut. The objective with the Empeinte range is to showcase the uniqueness of this unknown place. Collet also produce, in minuscule quantities, two wines under the Anthime label. Both these cuvées are aged in oak barrels, sees none or only limited malolactic fermentation and aims at the highest pedigree in Champagne.
All Collet champagnes are done partly in oak barrels and full MF in never completed. The must ferments in stainless steel tanks and in any stage of the vilification they carefully monitor the contact with oxygen, in order to produce a clean, fresh, elegant and salivating sensation on the palate. In order to ensure complexity, the percentage of reserve wines is substantial.