White - Sparkling

N.V. Champagne Suenen Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut


  • France
  • Champagne
  • Champagne Grand Cru
Drink between 2018 - 2025 (Edit)
CT89.9 34 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 25

  • Paul S wrote: 89 points

    February 20, 2021 - Dinner at Bar-a-Thym (Bar-a-Thym): Disgorged Jan 2017. This was a decent Champagne, but not quite my favourite style. It could be partly was actually really tight, seeming to need more time even with its decent amount of bottle age. The nose was expressive enough, with a touch of lemon curd and whiff of feta cheese along with a touch of yeast and brioche. The palate was a lot tighter and more primary, with bright acidity and a frothy mousse wrapped around a core of citrus lemony flavours and a little trail of mineral pulling away into a mouthwatering finish. Altogether, a pretty decent Champagne to start night with, but nothing much to shout about. This had good weight, a nice mouthwatering freshness, but in the end felt a little simple to me.

  • julen789 Likes this wine: 91 points

    January 25, 2021 - DG 01/2016; Base 2012
    The 2012 base is the last bottling that Suenen released as an assemblage of his three grands crus (Cramant, Chouilly, Oiry) before bottling them separately as his cuvées 'C+C' and 'Oiry.' A strong chalky minerality usually characterizes Suenen's wines, and this is no exception; from opening: tons of chalk and wet stones with a touch of smoke, fresh oysters, and sea salt; ripe citrus fruits such as grilled lemons, mature grapefruit (quite typical of Chouilly in our experience), oranges, pineapple, and peaches; somehow 'clean' on the nose and perfume-like with some 'eau de toilette'; as this continued to open with air, it showed some butter, young cheese, toasted bread, and freshly baked cookies; on the finish it was very slightly oxidative with some notes of meatiness, brown sugar, and old furniture.
    This was such a surprise for a base cuvée; it really shows how time and patience are everything in terms of wine. With the attractive base vintage and its 5 years of post-disgorgement ageing, this was a pleasurable bottle with a creamy, dense texture on the palate, and a still-present acidity, although there would be no real reason to wait before drinking. Suenen's wines are very worthwhile.

  • oropeza Likes this wine:

    December 26, 2018 - Floral, soft character, mineral core, nicely balanced

  • 5laton wrote:

    April 21, 2018 - 2012 base, 3g/L, disgorged 6/5/2015.
    Despite 3 years post-disgorgement age this is still tight and severe, with aggressively frothy bubbles. It smells like a vin clair, but the base material seems to be solid - leave it to go flat in the glass and you have a fine glass of slightly underripe white Burgundy. But I found myself wishing for a touch fewer atmospheres and a few more grams of balancing dosage.
    I figure it will become friendlier with some additional time in bottle, so to my surprise the leftovers haven't improved on day 2 - this is still skin and bones without flesh. At least today, unbalanced and not my style of Cramant.

  • astroman wrote:

    February 18, 2018 - Creamy well balanced with good complexity on the palate. Usually find them too lean but this time was different.

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  • By Allen Meadows
    Oct-19, Issue #76 (link)

    (NV Suenen Champagne Extra Brut - Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne/Sparkling) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2017, Issue #69, Summer 2017 Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report Index

    (NV Champagne Suenen “Grand Cru” Blc de Blcs Extra Brut NV (Cramant) Disg: Oct. 2016) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2017, Issue #69, Summer 2017 Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report Index

    (NV Champagne Suenen Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut NV (Cramant) Disgorged May 2016) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By James Button
    Vine Trail Tasting, 9/19/2016 (link)

    (NV Aurélien Suenen, Grand Cru Extra Brut, Champagne, France, White) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/28/2015 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2014, Issue #51, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report: Augmented This Year By a Week on The Ground in Champagne

    (NV Suenen Blanc de Blancs “Grand Cru” Extra Brut (Cramant) Disgorged April 2013) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Josh Raynolds
    The Season’s Best NV Champagne Releases (Jan 2015), 1/1/2014 (link)

    (NV Aurelien Suenen Blanc De Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/30/2013 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage N.V.
  • Type White - Sparkling
  • Producer Champagne Suenen
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Champagne
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  • Appellation Champagne Grand Cru
  • UPC Code 001976062078

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  • In Cellars 86 (29%)
  • Consumed 215 (71%)

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