Marie Courtin Champagne Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut [2012/2013]

Marie Courtin


Vintage: NV
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Champagne
Wine type: Sparkling
Varietals: Chardonnay
Biodynamic: Certified
Vineyard: Single parcel of Chardonnay located in the village of Polisot near the Pinot vineyard in the Cote des Bars. Massale selection, 15-20 yr old vines.
Orientation: East/Southeast
Soil: Clay and Kimmerdigian Limestone bands similar to those found in Chablis. The Cotes des Bar is closer in proximity to Chablis than to Epernay.
Viticulture: Farmed biodynamically and hand harvested.
Vinification: Fermented in used barriques using natural yeasts
Aging: Aged in used barriques and bottled with no dosage
Production: Very limited
Notes: Dominique Moreau's only Blanc de Blancs is a blend of 2011 and 2012 vintage Chardonnay. It is briny and mineral-driven with the precision and fine bubbles we've come to expect in her Pinot-based cuvées. It's like drinking White Burgundy with bubbles!
Publication: Vinous
Rating: 90
The NV Extra Brut Eloquence is 100% Chardonnay. Because of tiny yields, Dominique Moreau opted to blend juice from the 2013 and 2012 in equal parts for this release. Creamy, open and expressive, the Eloquence offers lovely varietal Chardonnay definition and good overall depth, but less of the character and nuance found in the Pinot Noir Champagnes. I expect the Eloquence to offer its best drinking over the next few years. Disgorged: January 2015.