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Marie Courtin, Blanc de Blancs d’Amphora, Extra Brut NV
France / Sparkling

Marie Courtin, Blanc de Blancs d’Amphora, Extra Brut NV

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Winemaker Dominique Moreau named her estate, Marie Courtin, in honor of her grandmother whom she describes as a “woman of the earth”. The aspiration of this winery goes beyond expressing terroir but are instead guided by a spirituality that’s kept close at hand. Much like the Burgundian philosophies that drive many of today’s exciting Côte des Bar producers, the focus here is on single vineyard, single vintage, single variety, no dosage Champagnes. Sélection Massale is employed to naturally keep the yields low. This 2018 ‘Blanc de Blancs d’Amphora’ is a blend of 60% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Blanc, and 5% Arbanne. It is produced in miniscule quantities and pushes the already adventurous spirit of Moreau into new territory. It is sourced from 20-year-old vines on special low vigor rootstocks in the village of Polisot. A Champagne for the adventurous.

Notes from Polaner Selections:
“After years of fermentations in tank, foudre and barrel, Dominique Moreau has ventured into the foray of amphora vinification and ageing. The Blanc de Blancs is a unique blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Arbanne, all grown in the Kimmeridgian-centric soils of Polisot. The resulting wine is textured, bursting with energy and goes down easy!”

Côte des Bar
Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Arbanne
Marne, Kimmeridgian limestone
Vinified and aged 11 months in Amphora. Yeasts cultivated from estate vines are used for both primary and secondary fermentation. Bottled as Extra Brut with no dosage.