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Dominique Moreau was born and brought up in the Champagne region. She explains that there, everyone had a piece of land & vines - it was the norm. Her great-grandmother, Marie Courtin, farmed her land herself using a horse, during the First World War while the menfolk were away on the front. Dominique’s estate is located on land that was always been owned by her family. From the age of 18, she was always working on the land amongst vines somewhere. She worked part-time as a teacher in a professional viticulture school at the beginning of her adult working life, and spent the hours during which she was not teaching, farming vines. She took over the family estate in in 2000 and she began converting her vines to organic farming in 2005.
Apricot, orange peel, chamomile, smoke and a host of yellow orchard fruit flavours give this Champagne its character.
Producer Champagne Marie Courtin
Origin Polisot, Champagne-Ardenne, France
Grapes Pinot Noir
Alcohol 12% ABV
Style Structured spakling
Bottle size 750ml
Winemaking Manual harvest. Grapes left whole for the fermentation, fermented in an enamelled steel vat with wild yeasts (Dominique employs the ‘Pied de Cuve’ technique, using the indigenous yeasts from the vineyard that are present during the harvests). The temperature of fermentation was controlled. Malolactic fermentation took place. The wine spent three years on rack producing its bubbles and ageing. No sulphur whatsoever added to this cuvée.
Notes Organic, Biodynamic, Demeter certified