Grapes: Pinot Noir
Region: Cote des Bar, Champagne, France
Soils: Kimmeridgian Limestone
Vinification: Grapes are lightly pressed then fermentation occurs in two 5hl amphoras -- one in clay and one in sandstone.
Aging: 11 months
Fining or Filtering: None
Notes from the Importer: A single parcel in Polisot named Le Tremble. The 50 year old vines are facing east facing and planted by massale selection. Vines are approximately 40 years old.
Champagne Marie Courtin is comprised of one parcel of sélection massale vines spread across 2.5 hectares in the village of Polisot in the Côte des Bars. Inspired to capture the transition of energy between the earth and the sky each year, Dominique Moreau began her career as a vigneron in 2000 and officially created the Marie Courtin estate in 2005. Dominique’s grandmother, Marie Courtin, who the estate is named after, taught her the importance of the earth and vines; spending much of her life in the vineyards.
The village of Polisot is located next to Celles-sur-Ource (home to Cédric Bouchard) where they both share the same Kimmeridgian clay-limestone soils found in Chablis and Sancerre’s Chavignol. It is this soil which allows the wines to shine with bright minerality and acidity. Dominique farms her vines biodynamically and all work in the vineyard is done by hand. Her dedication in the vineyard is meticulous and intense. As of our last visit, Dominique was proud to mention that her children are now assisting her in the vineyard. Working with the moon is everything to Dominique and pruning of the vines and harvesting of the grapes begins later than her neighbors.