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Marie Courtin 'Efflorescence' Extra Brut
If there were one producer in Champagne to convince you of the spine-tingling thrill of Champagne made from Pinot Noir grown on Kimmeridgian soils, it is Champagne Marie Courtin. The wines hold a long, fine and vibrant line of mineral life along their thread, fleshed out by old vine structure and layers of red fruit flavour.
“Vivid, trenchant, sometimes even austere, these wines feel uncompromising in their terroir expression.” Peter Liem, Champagne.
Amazing biodynamic farming underpins the wines here. From Aube, which is kind of outsider territory in Champagne, and this on the outside of that, per se. All grower-producer, but let’s say to nth degree. No dosage, no additions, just pinot noir.
Complex, vinous style. Light on bubbles, though they are tight and ultra-fine. Sleek across the palate with good concentration, almost an inky persistence and yet wickedly fresh, teeming with citrus and minerally characters, oyster shell, saline notes and crunch of green apple. Beautiful perfume, amazing carriage of flavour, precise, pure, brilliant and so very good to drink. Outstanding. 96 points - Mike Bennie
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