Marie-Courtin

Attending producer: Dominique Moreau

Despite having only been making wine since 2006, Dominique Moreau has already attracted a devoted following for her richly expressive, organically-grown champagnes. Moreau’s husband is the proprietor of Piollot Père et Fils, also located on the rue de Tonnerre in Polisot. Dominque Moreau began farming vines of her own in 2001when she had the opportunity to rent one hectare of vines, planted with a sélection massale, from a grower who was retiring. She later acquired and planted parcels adjacent to this one, and today she has a total of about 2.5 hectares, all located in a single block within a three-hectare vineyard in Polisot (her husband owns the other half-hectare). The majority of her vines are pinot noir, although 16 ares are planted with chardonnay, and there are also a number of pinot blanc vines scattered throughout the plot. Like most vineyards in Polisot, this parcel faces south, located in one of the east-west valleys that run through the area, although a portion of the parcel, planted with older vines, turns slightly to the east.

Farming organically is important to Moreau as a matter of principle, and she also works with some biodynamic preparations. In 2006 she began conversion to organic certification—as this takes four years, the 2010 vintage will be the first to be officially certified organic. She notes that in terms of organic viticulture, it’s a great advantage to have all her vines in a single, isolated parcel, minimizing the pollution from neighbors who farm conventionally.

Moreau is keenly aware of the history of the region, and has a deep respect for those who have worked the land before her. Because of this, she chose to find a name other than her own for her champagne label. “I didn’t want to put my name on the bottle because it’s not just me who has been involved,” she says. Instead, she chose the name of her great-grandmother, Marie Courtin, “someone who was very close to the earth."

Information courtesy of Peter Liem's ChampagneGuide.net ©