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2016 Marie Courtin, Efflorescence Extra Brut

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94

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Regular price $90
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2016 Marie Courtin, Efflorescence Extra Brut

Vinous

94

CellarTracker

92
Regular price $90
/

100% Pinot Noir from 35-40 year old vines in Kimmeridgian soils, this is fermented in used barriques with native yeasts. A later disgorgement, allowing the already cosniderable depth to come together further with a total of 5 years on the lees. The barrique-fermented Pinot vines used are from the bottom of the slope, which Dominique considers the strongest and most powerful, which with the structure generated by the soils often means the longest-lived as well.

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Dominique Moreau makes some of the most soulful wines from a village in the Aube called Polisot, where the climate and soils allow for maximum expression of flavor without needing to interfere much at all in the cellar

Marie-Courtin

Named after her grandmother, Dominique produced her first vintage in 2005, setting out to produce wines through biodynamic principles. She sources from a parcel of 40-50 year old vines on a hillside of Polisot, mostly dedicated to Pinot Noir, though she has a tiny lot of Chardonnay as well. Overall, she is not dogmatic about winemaking, utilizing both barrique and stainless for her production. The philosophy is simple: single-vintage, single-varietal, single-vineyard wines, done her way.

Resonance and Efflorescence make up the bulk of the production, two Blanc-de-Noirs of 100% Pinot Noir with the difference being the fermentation vessels - the former in stainless, the latter in barrique. Barrique allows for a bit more exchange of oxygen, resulting in Efflorescence typically being a bit more approachable earlier in its life, and potentially longer life. Both carry no dosage after spending 3 years on the lees, and are expressive of the heavy limestone soils here, with the Efflorescence presenting a bit more orchard and stone fruits. The third Blanc-de-Noirs is called Concordance, which is unsulfured and a bit richer in style, tart red fruits hiding in between notes of flinty minerals.

The Blanc-de-Blancs are named Eloquence and Presence, with Eloquence being entirely Chardonnay, and Presence a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Blanc, the latter wine made without any added sulfur. Presence comes across more floral and zesty, while the barrel-aged Eloquence acts like a Meursault in its mineral tones and orchard fruits.

Following the theme, the two rosé wines are profound: Indulgence and Allegeance; both maceration-style, follow the same protocol, Indulgence the more mineral-driven, bright red-fruited style while Allegeance, though vinified in tank, sees no sulfur and is dense and full of both tart red fruits and deep spice.

Meet the Producer

Marie-Courtin

Dominique Moreau makes some of the most soulful wines from a village in the Aube called Polisot, where the climate and soils allow for maximum expression of flavor without needing to interfere much at all in the cellar

Named after her grandmother, Dominique produced her first vintage in 2005, setting out to produce wines through biodynamic principles. She sources from a parcel of 40-50 year old vines on a hillside of Polisot, mostly dedicated to Pinot Noir, though she has a tiny lot of Chardonnay as well. Overall, she is not dogmatic about winemaking, utilizing both barrique and stainless for her production. The philosophy is simple: single-vintage, single-varietal, single-vineyard wines, done her way.

Resonance and Efflorescence make up the bulk of the production, two Blanc-de-Noirs of 100% Pinot Noir with the difference being the fermentation vessels - the former in stainless, the latter in barrique. Barrique allows for a bit more exchange of oxygen, resulting in Efflorescence typically being a bit more approachable earlier in its life, and potentially longer life. Both carry no dosage after spending 3 years on the lees, and are expressive of the heavy limestone soils here, with the Efflorescence presenting a bit more orchard and stone fruits. The third Blanc-de-Noirs is called Concordance, which is unsulfured and a bit richer in style, tart red fruits hiding in between notes of flinty minerals.

The Blanc-de-Blancs are named Eloquence and Presence, with Eloquence being entirely Chardonnay, and Presence a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Blanc, the latter wine made without any added sulfur. Presence comes across more floral and zesty, while the barrel-aged Eloquence acts like a Meursault in its mineral tones and orchard fruits.

Following the theme, the two rosé wines are profound: Indulgence and Allegeance; both maceration-style, follow the same protocol, Indulgence the more mineral-driven, bright red-fruited style while Allegeance, though vinified in tank, sees no sulfur and is dense and full of both tart red fruits and deep spice.


Vinous

Vinous

94

The 2016 Extra Brut Efflorescence is fabulous. Rich, creamy and expansive on the palate, the Efflorescence marries intense Pinot Noir character with the razor-sharp focus that is such a signature here. There's tremendous depth and Pinot intensity. As good as the 2016 is, it only really blossoms with aeration. Don't be afraid to open this in advance and drink out of a larger glass that will allow the Pinot flavors and textures to fully emerge. No dosage. Disgorged: July, 2022.

What the Critics are Saying

Vinous

Vinous

94

The 2016 Extra Brut Efflorescence is fabulous. Rich, creamy and expansive on the palate, the Efflorescence marries intense Pinot Noir character with the razor-sharp focus that is such a signature here. There's tremendous depth and Pinot intensity. As good as the 2016 is, it only really blossoms with aeration. Don't be afraid to open this in advance and drink out of a larger glass that will allow the Pinot flavors and textures to fully emerge. No dosage. Disgorged: July, 2022.