All wines stored at 55° and 70% humidity
After briefly pursuing a passion for basketball that put Cramant's Aurélien Suenen in Philadelphia for summers, he returned home to and by his fathers side where his passion for wine flourished for the first time. After taking over the Suenen familiy domaine after his fathers untimely death in 2009, Aurélien started to make small changes in the vineyard such as eliminating herbicides, reducing mechanized weight in vine rows to restrict the packing of the soil that limited breathability. And in the cellar, indigenous yeasts play a larger role, and oak barrels and concrete vessels are relied upon more heavily. The extremely chalky soils Cramant do not usually see as much Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier planting as is seen in this cuvée - 45% Pinot Noir, 45% Pinot Meunier, 10% Chardonnay. The results are delicious and fascinating with richer texture than most wines of the region, but with that tell-tale expression of salinity and chiseled frame that allows this wine to carry such a fine definition. Upon first taste, the first thought that went through my mind was, "the yellow label slayer"! It's a perfect tool of conversion from mass marketed bubbles to a terroir-driven, farm-first expression of place.
|Wine Type||Sparkling White|
|Grape Variety||Pinot Noir|
|Grape Variety||Pinot Meunier|