Dominique Moreau has been making wine now for nearly a decade, after having acquired a small parcel of vines at the turn of the century from a retiring grower.
She is married to Roland Piollot, who produces very decent champagne under his own name at the family winery in Polisot, a sleepy little village some two hours south of Reims, in the Aube district, but they can scarcely have foreseen the cult status that was to be bestowed upon Dominique’s Marie Courtin brand.
It’s fully deserved though, as her unflinching dedication to the cause of Organic viticulture, with it’s heavy demands on human labour, puts her in a class apart from most other champagne vignerons.
Dominique’s vineyard, now expanded to 2.5 hectares in a single plot, is mostly planted to Pinot Noir, like most of the vineyards in this part of the world, with a small percentage of Chardonnay and a sprinkling of Pinot Blanc.
She produces some excellent champagnes, most of which will benefit from at least a couple of years of bottle age to be at their best.
The possible exception is Concordance, which is in such demand that we are only allocated a few dozen bottles at a time. It’s her first unsulphured effort, so we have yet to see how this will affect its ageing potential.