Champagne Grand Cru Oiry, Aurélien Suenen 2018

Aurélien Suenen


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Although Aurélien Suenen is seen as one of the most promising young talents in Champagne, his first love was basketball. He used to be player as well as coach at semi-pro level and returned to the family’s domaine when his father fell ill in 2008. Dynamic and committed, he progressively learnt the ropes inspired by his illustrious neighbours Pascal Agrapart and Anselme Selosse, regularly exchanging with them and embracing a similar philosophy.

The previous generations of Suenen acquired vines through the whole region (Marne) but, based in Cramant, Aurélien decided to focus on the Côte des Blancs and his clutch of parcels (3ha) scattered across the grand cru villages of Chouilly, Oiry and Cramant. The travel distances prevented him from working the northern plots (Vallée de la Marne, Montagne de Reims) as diligently as he wanted so he sold them, with the exception of 0.2ha of ungrafted 65yo pinot meunier, a stunning terroir in the Vallée de la Vesle (Massif de Saint-Thierry).

Vines averaging 45yo planted in the chalky soil of Oiry (Grand Cru village). Vinified and aged in 65% cuve and 35% 3-5yo barrels (with malos completed) this is based on 2018 with 50% reserve wines from the previous three vintages. Given more than two years 'sur lattes' under cap, it has the purity and delicacy you would expect of fine blanc de blancs, a delicious expression of stone fruits and stewed Sicilian lemons with the limestone-dominant terroir impacting notable length and structure. Disgorged 09/21 - Dosage 3g/l.

Producer  Aurélien Suenen

Origin Cramant, Marne, France

Grapes Chardonnay 

Vintage 2018

Alcohol  12% ABV

Style Structured spakling

Bottle size 750ml

Winemaking Manual harvest.  Indigenous yeast fermentation.  No filtration and no fining.  Disgorged 09/21 - Dosage 3g/l.

Notes Organic, Natural