One of the most revered small growers in the Aube Dominique Moreau, named her estate after her grandmother, Marie Courtin, whom she describes as a woman of the earth. Dominique fashions exceptional wines from this last frontier of Champagne, where she continues to capture unique expressions in her limited, finely tuned lineup. Wholly committed to bio-dynamic farming principles, she is among the region's elite, rivaling the wines of Cedric Bouchard, Vouette Sorbee, and the like. Her production is small in terms of Champagne, with under 50,000 bottles produced annually, which makes the wines challenging to find at times but so very worth the hunt. Her wines' transparency and vineyard character are quite special, and we have the Presence today, which is fantastic in 2019.
A blend of 70% Chardonnay planted on Portlandian soil, and 30% Pinot Blanc planted on Kimmeridian soils from massale selection vines. The Aube is one of the last places you see Pinot Blanc still being used, and Dominique does an excellent job using it in a supporting role. These vines are starting to get into peak production as they reach their mid-20s and are producing some superb fruit. Presence is aged in an epoxy lined tank, with a three-year elevage sur lie, and bottled unfined and unfiltered, with zero dosage, and zero sulfur added. A Champagne of a commanding 'presence', this was the first Blanc de Blancs made here and is an ultra-pure and expressive bottle that captures the style of Marie Courtin flawlessly.
Antonio Galloni 94 points! "The 2019 Extra Brut Présence Sans Soufre is deep, fleshy and super-expressive. A blend of Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay, the Présence is very refined, with lingering aromas of lemon confit, marzipan and white flowers. This shows great depth along with the finesse that is increasingly a signature here. Bottled with no dosage. Disgorged: December, 2022. (Drink between 2023-2031)"