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Suenen C + C Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne
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- ABV 12%
- Closure: Cork
The C + C Blanc de Blancs is blended from nine parcels from both north and south-facing hillsides in Cramant and Chouilly. Here the soils are deeper, with silty clay overlying the chalk. This, with a good dose of southern exposure, makes for a much more hedonistic wine. The blend is split between Cramant (70%) and Chouilly (30%). Although tempted to bottle each village on its own, Suenen has found that the two villages work even better as a blend; the textural finesse of Cramant marrying perfectly with the opulence of Chouilly. This is a layered yet tightly wound Champagne, with more seductive flesh than the Oiry. It’s a stunning expression of the northern Côtes des Blancs that evolves with every sip.
2016 base with 40% reserve wine from 2013-2015. The wine was aged, on lees, for 9 months in enameled tank (65%) and in six year-old Burgundian French oak barrels (35%). It was then aged for 26 months in bottle with no fining, no filtration, no cold stabilisation. Disgorged after 26 months with 3 g/L.
From Suenen's holdings Cramant and Chouilly, where the soils are deeper than in Oiry, the NV Extra-Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru C + C is based on the 2016 vintage and was disgorged in June 2019 with three grams per liters dosage. Unwinding in the glass with scents of sweet pastry, yellow apples, spices, white flowers and almonds, it's medium-bodied, precise and racy, with tangy acids and an attractively fleshy core of fruit, concluding with a saline finish.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Apr 2021)