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Semi-pro basketball player Aurélien Suenen made an about-face in the late 2000s, leaving basketball and returning to the family estate to help his ailing father. And he hasn’t looked back since. He farms three hectares of Chardonnay vines in the Côte des Blancs (in grand cru AOCs Cramant, Chouilly and Oiry), and a small plot of ungrafted Pinot Meunier in the sandy soil St. Thierry hills, due northwest of Reims.
Approaching organic and sustainable viticulture with the same zeal and disciplined mindset as his athletic training, he has been seeing to the revitalization of his soils—implementing organic and some biodynamic practices with the aim of rejuvenating the land and local ecosystems. Aurélien is one of the 2% of producers in the Côte des Blancs to farm organically, and one of the 4% in Champagne overall.
Heavily influenced by Burgundian winemaking, as well as the savoir-faire of mentors Pascal Agrapart and Anselme Selosse, he seeks slow, gentle, temperature-controlled, native-yeast vinifications and a separation of cuvées by individual parcel to achieve focused, vibrant and mineral-driven champagnes. His style of wine is becoming recognized both in France and abroad for both its masterful precision as well as its layered complexity. Aurélien's star continues to rise and he is undoubtedly one of the most promising young grower-producers in the entire region.