Disgorged July 2020.
The most northerly of Suenen’s Oiry parcels, La Cocluette is also home to the Domaine’s oldest vines (planted in 1925), a site where the ancient roots bury deeply into the dense, Campanian chalk (the younger plantings from this site go into the Oiry Blanc de Blancs). Vines of this age are as rare as hen’s teeth in Champagne, and they gift tiny yields of concentrated berries. The land here is largely flat with a somewhat northerly exposure.
Here the base wine was naturally fermented and aged for 10 months in one 700-litre concrete egg and one 600-litre Stockinger (the same barrel is used each year). It was then aged sur lies for 60 months in bottle until disgorgement in July 2020, dosed with two grams per litre.
Put simply, this is a more intense and complex expression of this region’s naked-chalk terroir than the NV Oiry. It’s a superb, dense, tightly coiled and super-mineral Blanc de Blancs, with a long, rocky close.
“The 2014 Extra-Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Oiry La Cocluette is also very promising, delivering aromas of crisp orchard fruit, white flowers, fresh pastry and wet stones. Medium to full-bodied, precise and mineral, it's tightly wound and vibrant, with a racy spine of acidity and a long, intensely saline finish.” 94 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate