Read about Champagne estate Marie-Courtin, for the key facts and wine to try from this organically farmed grower Champagne.
Region: Côte des Bar, Champagne
Grape varieties: Pinot Noir – Chardonnay
Vineyard area: 2.5 hectares
Dominique Moreau’s 2.5ha of vines are all located within a single parcel in the village of Polisot, in the Aube. She has been making Champagne since 2006, and has also been farming organically since that time, becoming fully certified in 2010.
Typically of this area, most of her vines are Pinot Noir, although a small section of her vineyard is planted with Chardonnay, which she uses to make a blanc de blancs called Eloquence. A cuvée called Resonance is made entirely of Pinot Noir, while Efflorescence is a Pinot Noir Champagne vinified in oak barrels Both show the pungent depth of fruit and distinctly flinty minerality typical of the Aube, but they also demonstrate a remarkably elegant poise, expressing themselves with a refinement and discreet grace. Another Pinot Noir cuvée, Concordance, is one of a handful of wines in Champagne that is made without added sulphur.
Wine to try: Marie-Courtin, Concordance Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs, Côte des Bar NV
This unusual Champagne is made entirely without the addition of sulphur, which seems to bring more vibrancy and vivacity to its fruit. Read more here.
Address: 8 Rue de Tonnerre, 10110 Polisot, France