Marie-Courtin Extra Brut Efflorescence 2016


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“The 2016 Extra Brut Efflorescence is fabulous. Rich, creamy and expansive on the palate, the Efflorescence marries intense Pinot Noir character with the razor-sharp focus that is such a signature here. There’s tremendous depth and Pinot intensity. As good as the 2016 is, it only really blossoms with aeration. Don’t be afraid to open this in advance and drink out of a larger glass that will allow the Pinot flavors and textures to fully emerge. No dosage. Disgorged July, 2022. Drinking window: 2022-2030. 94 points

Dominique Moreau’s Champagnes have been compelling for a number of years now. A fervent minimalist, Moreau meticulously farms her old-vine parcels following biodynamic practices. She employs a similar low-intervention approach in the cellar. Fermentations are spontaneous, the wines see little to no sulfur and bottling is done with no dosage. It’s a high-risk approach in the cellar, as so much can go astray. In the past, some wines felt too austere because of the low dosage, or a bit unfocused because of the low/no sulfur. That’s not all the case with these new releases, however. These are among the most thrilling, deeply satisfying Champagnes I tasted for this report.”

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (11/22)