Headquartered in the township of Congy in the Coteaux du Morin, Olivier Collin is the sole proprietor of Champagne Ulysse Collin and 8.7ha of of Chardonnay and Pinot noir vines across the Coteaux du Morin and Côte de Sézanne. The Collin family has been in Congy for two centuries, leasing their vines on long-term contracts to Champagne Pommery, yet it was not until a short but life-affirming internship with Anselme Selosse in 2001 that Olivier was inspired to reclaim his family’s land and embark upon independent production in 2003, naming his Estate after an ancestor. However, the Estate’s maiden crop succumbed to the ruthlessness of nature that year, as severe frost forced Olivier to sell the entire harvest. Undeterred, Olivier pushed on and bottled his first successful vintage in 2004 and, in doing so, carved a strong foothold into Champagne’s emerging bedrock of rising stars. Today, Olivier Collin is the region’s most significant grower-producer and one of Champagne’s few specialists in both single-varietal and single-vineyard champagnes.