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.
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!
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.