Efflorescence

Efflorescence

Appellation: Champagne
Varietal: Pinot Noir from Massale Selection
Orientation: East and southeast exposures
Average age of vines: 40 years
Principal soil type: Clay & limestone above Kimmeridgian marl

The names of the wines carry spiritual significance for Dominique Moreau. As such, she named the domaine after her great-grandmother Marie Courtin, whom she describes as a “woman of the earth” and someone who was frequently found working in the vineyards. Efflorescence refers to something that evolves in perpetuity. Starting with the evolution encouraged by the small oxygen exchange in barrel, she feels that this wine in particular will show a very different face at each stage of its development in bottle. It is sourced from fruit near the bottom of the parcel where there is more clay topsoil fashioning a wine with more power, complexity and aging potential.

The 2010 Extra Brut Efflorescence comes across as quite lifted and even a bit diffuse, with plenty of aromatic presence, soft edges and lovely overall balance. Perfumed orchard fruit and floral notes are expressive in the glass. Medium in body and quite accessible, the 2010 should drink well with minimal cellaring. The Efflorescence is fermented and aged in neutral oak, which introduces a bit more oxygen than is present in the other wines, all of which are done in steel. Disgorged: April 2015.

—Antonio Galloni (Vinous)

Efflorescence fact sheet (PDF)

Regions

France

Beaujolais
Burgundy
Champagne
Montagne de Reims Emmanuel Brochet Côte des Bars Domaine Marie Courtin Valleé de la Marne Flavien Nowack
Southwest
Côtes du Marmandais Élian Da Ros
Jura
Languedoc
Terrasses du Larzac Domaine du Pas de L’Escalette Saint Chinian Domaine Rimbert
Loire
Provence
Rhône

RésonanceRésonance is a real stand out, and also a terrific introduction to the unique, compelling Champagnes of Marie Courtin.

EfflorescencePlenty of aromatic presence, soft edges and lovely overall balance. Perfumed orchard fruit and floral notes are expressive in the glass.

ÉloquenceWhite flowers, lemon peel, mint and white pepper are some of the signatures, while distinctly mineral-inflected veins of salinity recall the wines of Chablis…

ConcordanceFirst created in 2009, Concordance is a careful selection of the oldest Pinot Noir for the domaine planted in 1968.

IndulgenceAll the elements come together beautifully in a Champagne that brings together expressive fruit and bracing minerality, with a savory edge that kicks the finish into high gear.