Dominique Moreau's Champagne Marie-Courtin has been the darling of critics like Peter Liem for over a decade now. Why? Because she consistently leads the pack in her unwavering approach to expressing her incredible terroir.Dominique farms (organically) a single 2.5 hectare plot of east facing vines in the Aube. Its clay and Kimmeridgian limestone soils, famously found in Chablis, produce some of the worlds greatest whites. The warmer Aube lends itself to ripening Pinot Noir—her favorite grape—laced with hallmark Chablisien acidity. These contrasting characteristics make the Marie-Courtin wines so enthralling.
What importer Polaner Selections has to say about this wine...
VINEYARDHarvest from massale selection vines 35-40 years in age from a single, 2.5 hectares parcel located in Polisot (Cote des Bar).SOILClay and Kimmerdigian Limestone bands similar to those found in Chablis. The Cotes des Bar is closer in proximity to Chablis than to Epernay.VITICULTUREFarmed biodynamically and hand harvestedVINIFICATIONFermented in tank using natural yeasts (for both fermentations).AGINGAged sur lie for three years. Zero dosage, zero sulfur. Disgorged:
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