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Going Natural Wine Club - December 2021

Posted on January 19, 2022

by Abi

Champagne Marie Courtin Resonance 2017 

Cote de Bar, Champagne, France 

100% Pinot Noir 

Let’s celebrate the final month of 2021 in style!! 

For this month’s GNC, you’ll be enjoying the fantastic Champagne Marie Courtin Resonance Extra Brut 2017. This 100% Pinot Noir Champagne is coming from one of the most influential grower-producers within Champagne. 

Dominique Moreau took over a small vineyard of mostly 40 to 50-year-old Pinot Noir, with a vision of producing single-vineyard, single varietal, single vintage Champagnes from biodynamically grown grapes- farmed with meticulous care, and vinified au naturel. Not only has she become one of the leading figures for small-production Champagne, she has also put Cote de Bar back on the Champagne map. Cote de bar had always been seen as the grower region for the big champagne houses, where the farmers would grow the fruit only to sell to Moet et Chadon, Veuve Cliquot amongst others. A few maverick farmers saw the unique potential within Cote de Bar, and decided to make their own Champagne. Since then, we have seen people like Dominique taking over the Champagne scene.  

Her vineyards are located just outside the town of Polisot, where they sit on east/south-east facing slopes and their roots diving deep within the clay-limestone- kimmeridigan soils. Each vine produces low-yields, resulting in high complexity within the wines. All of these attributes, plus Dominique’s desire for zero-dosage, these wines have a fierce minerality within the core. 

Dominique believes in a spiritual approach in her vineyards, using pendulums to aid in evaluating the evolution of the growing grapes, as well as other moments within the winemaking process. She believes that “the pendulum changes its natural rhythm and swing based on the energy emitted from a living being, whether person, vineyards or wine.” All of her wines are wild-ferments, with native yeast being included within both fermentations.  

“Résonance” refers to the balancing energies of earth and sky that affect the creation of a wine from its surrounding terroir. 

Having Dominique’s wines as exclusives at the store was an inspiration for our Going Natural Club. We waiting until December to share this wine with you in hope that you’ll be able to share with your loved ones over the Christmas season, sparking joy for all! We hope you all enjoy the holiday season and we cannot wait to see what the New Year brings! 

Pip pip, cheerio,
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