Marie-Courtin Extra Brut Indulgence 2019


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“The 2019 Extra Brut Rosé Indulgence is 100% Pinot Noir, done maceration-style, with no added sulfur and bottled with no dosage. Here, I find the approach a bit penalizing. The 2019 comes across as quite rustic, with dried out flavors and limited finish. The wilder, gamier side of Pinot is very much in evidence. Hints of cedar, tobacco, dried cherry, spice and leather emerge, but there’s just not much elegance here, especially compared to the other wines in the range. I would prefer to drink this sooner rather than later. No dosage. Disgorged: April, 2022. Drinking window: 2022-2024. 88 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)