Tasting Notes

2017 base with 40% reserve wine from 2014-2016. The C + C Blanc de Blancs is blended from nine parcels across 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 separately, Suenen has found the two villages work even better as a blend: the textural finesse of Cramant marrying perfectly with the more layered personality of Chouilly. The wine was aged on lees, for nine months in enamelled tank (65%) and in six-year-old Burgundian oak barrels (35%). It was then aged for 26 months in bottle with no fining, no filtration and no cold stabilisation. Disgorged in June 2020 with four grams per litre. 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. If served cold, it is intensely mineral and chalky, but as it opens (or if it’s served at a more reasonable temperature) it unfurls to reveal wonderful layers of stone-fruited goodness that add flesh to the chalky spine. Drink it slowly in a Burgundy glass for maximum pleasure. Winery note