Marie Courtin

Champagne / France

At A Glance

Winemaker(s)

Dominique Moreau

Appellation

Aube (Polisot)

Varieties

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Farming

Biodynamic

Their Story

Champagne Marie Courtin is comprised of one parcel (one vineyard) spread across 2.5 hectares of massale selection plantings facing south-east 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.

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Dominique farms her parcel by hand. Pruning does not begin until the Spring.

The village of Polisot is located next to neighboring Celles-sur-Ource (home to Cédric Bouchard) where they both share the Chablis-esque soil of Kimmeridgian clay- limestone soils. 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 of course pruning does not begin until the Spring.

Dominique’s parcel is split up into four “sub-parcels” or plots differentiated by rootstock and vine age. One of the plots is designated to the estate’s small amount of Chardonnay, while the other three thrive with Pinot Noir. The Pinot Noir vines are split between the top and the bottom of the parcel’s south-east facing slope. At the top of the slope, there is little topsoil and it is here that the fresh cuvée “Résonance” is created embracing the subsoil of mineral rich fossilized shells and limestone, while cuvée “Efflorescence” is comprised of vines sitting at the bottom of the slope where more topsoil and clay exist. Dominique believes she can produce a wine of immense structure and aging potential using these vines.

In the cave, each of the parcel’s four plots of vines are given individual attention. Each plot is gently pressed, and vinified separately. Depending on the cuvee, the juice is fermented in either stainless steel or in used Burgundy barriques. Only natural yeast is used. The wines are disgorged at different times of the year depending on the cuvée and no dosage is added.

Interview with vigneron Dominique Moreau

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED? I was born in the Aube’s department and I grew up among fields and vineyards. IF YOU COULD BRIEFLY DESCRIBE YOUR APPROACH IN THE VINEYARD WHAT WOULD IT BE? I farm biodynamically the vineyard. WHAT EXCITES YOU MOST ABOUT YOUR VINEYARDS? I especially appreciate the concentration of my vineyard in a single parcel as well as its sélection massale. IF YOU COULD SAY ONE THING TO THE SOMMELIERS WHO ARE INTRODUCING PEOPLE TO YOUR WINES FOR THE FIRST TIME, WHAT WOULD IT BE? I would like my wines to be presented as biodynamic wines, all of them coming from a single grape, a single year and not dosed during the disgorgement. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TYPE OF MUSIC? I listen to Jazz music. IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY SUPERHERO POWER, WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE? I would like to have the power to impose on people to love each other and to respect each other as well as the nature.