Marie-Courtin, Efflorescence Extra Brut Champagne 2013, France
Tasting Note: A pinot-noir-based Champagne that has the intensity one appreciates in pinot noir with subtle yeasty notes that give way to a fruit-forward sparkling wine.
Medium-intensity gold in color with small persistent bubbles, this wine has an aromatic, medium-plus-intensity nose of orange-and-lemon zest, ripe golden apple, Asian pear and brioche with a hint of red cherry and wilted blossom.
On the palate the dry, medium-bodied Champagne has medium-intensity flavors suggested on the nose supported by medium-plus acidity and completing with a medium-plus finish.
There are some notes of midpalate complexity permeated by light citrus.
A solid Champagne on the fruitier end of the Champagne spectrum.
Bottle Note: Pinot Noir.
Price: $65 (I paid $57)
Importer: Free Run LLC, Seattle, Washington
Tasting Date: April 2, 2021