Champagne Soutiran was established in 1936 when, after a career in the military, Gérard Soutiran returned to his native region to take over the vines of his former tutor and embellished with those acquired through marriage to his wife, Solange.
In 1969, he was joined by Alain, the eldest of his four children, and together they traded under the name of Soutiran-Pelletier.
Today, it is Alain’s eldest daughter, Valérie and her husband, Patrick Renaux, who manage the families six hectares of vines, centred on the Grand Cru village of Ambonnay. In addition to their own vineyards, they also manage a further four, including the Premier Cru holdings of the Renaux family, located in Trépail, Chigny-les-Roses, Ludes and Chamery. It is this fruit that contributes to the Cuvée Alexandre, named after the couples’ son.
‘Time is one of our most important raw materials.’
Soutiran’s main point of difference is the amount of age the wines enjoy in bottle before they are disgorged – anything from between five and ten years – with a further six-months minimum on the cork before release.
This Blanc de Blancs has fine and vivid bubbles. Floral aromas blend with citrus notes and grapefruit zests.
Its effervescence is supple and creamy. It intensely brings to the palate notes of white fruit and a chiselled minerality.