Éloquence

Éloquence

Appellation: Champagne
Varietal: Chardonnay from Massale Selection
Orientation: East and southeast exposures
Average age of vines: 20 years
Principal soil type: Clay & limestone above Kimmeridgian marl

From in the 2007 vintage, Dominique began isolating a tiny section of Chardonnay to craft this singular Blanc de Blancs and placing the accent on the Kimmeridgian, limestone based soils of the region which are a perfect companion to the Chardonnay grape. It is interesting to recall that the Côte des Bars is just a short distance to the east of Chablis and lying on the same band of Kimmeridian limestone.

The NV Extra Brut Éloquence, a blend of equal parts 2011 and 2010 Chardonnay, boasts striking aromatic nuance and lift, although it is a bit less expressive on the palate. White flowers, lemon peel, mint and white pepper are some of the signatures, while distinctly mineral-inflected veins of salinity recall the wines of Chablis, whose vineyards are closer to the Aube than those of the central Champagne districts. Disgorged: January 2015.

—Antonio Galloni (Vinous)

Éloquence 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.