Montagne de Reims, Grand Cru
Champagne Soutiran, NM
60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir
91 points Wine Advocate
Signature Grand Cru Brut
The cuvée Signature Grand Cru reflects the true identity of the house. Its distinct aromatic structure is combined with the minerality of a great terroir.
The nose has pear aromas of compote, peaches of vines with roasted and aniseed accents. On the palate, the effervescence is creamy and melted. Fruit aromas reds and yellows mingle with a chalky minerality bringing nuances salt.
Guided by Alain Soutiran’s daughter, Valérie Renaux-Soutiran, and her winemaking husband Patrick Renaux, Champagne Soutiran cultivates 11 hectares of vines of which six are family-owned. Most of the vines are located in Ambonnay, the rest is in Trepail, Chigny les Roses and Chamery. Pinot Noir is dominating, but there is also Chardonnay and a little bit of Pinot Meunier. Valérie and Patrick are the third generation of the family domaine that produces clear, full, intense and elegant Champagnes of really excellent quality.
- Principle Harvest: 2008
- Bottled: May 2009
- Aging: On lees 6 years
- Disgorgement: April 2015
“Wafting from the glass with aromas of minty red apples, dried flowers and peaches, Soutiran’s NV Brut Grand Cru Signature is medium to full-bodied, sapid and vinous, with a delicate pinpoint mousse, good concentration, crisp acids and a chalky, saline finish. This Champagne would work very well at table. It’s a blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir based on the 2011 vintage with 43% reserve wines and was disgorged in October 2017 with six grams per liter dosage.” – 91 points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate
“Spice, glazed apple and toast flavors are well-meshed in this elegant Champagne, with clean-cut acidity and a lacy mousse. The refined finish lingers with chalk and floral notes. Drink now through 2021. 2,000 cases made, 300 cases imported.” — 91 points, AN, Wine Spectator
“Light, bright gold. Yeasty, mineral-tinged aromas of fresh apple, strawberry and blood orange, with a smoky nuance gaining strength in the glass. Fleshy and expansive on the palate, offering ripe orchard fruit flavors and a hint of bracing citrus pith. Closes smooth and long, with a touch of toasted nuts and strong mineral bite. I like the interplay of richness and vivacity here.” – 91 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous
“Soutiran regards this as its hallmark wine—its signature. It reveals the producer’s preference for drier styles of Champagne, bringing out crisp fruitiness. It is packed with apple and orange zest flavors that are young although ready to drink.” – 90 points, Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast