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Champagne Grand Cru Oiry, Aurélien Suenen 2018
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).
Producer Aurélien Suenen
Origin Cramant, Marne, France
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