Established in the village of Ambonnay , (which is classified as Grand Cru), in the renowned Montagne de Reims, the Soutiran champagne house specializes in Grand Cru and Premier Cru. This ranking dates back to 1927, and lists each village according to its soil, climate and sun exposure. Ambonnay benefits from an excellent climatic exposure, in the South East of the Montagne de Reims, and a chalky soil ensuring an excellent drainage and supply of water for the vines. The village of Ambonnay exclusively produces Pinots Noirs (70%) and Chardonnays (30%). This family-owned champagne house cultivates 6 Ha of vine, and completes its production in sourcing grapes from the Grands Crus and Premiers Crus (family contracts and relations with nearby vineyards). Vineyards are approximatively 25 years old. 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.
The Grand Cru Perle Noire is another big, dramatic wine from Soutiran. Here the fruit possesses more structure, depth and power than the Blanc de Blancs in a style that exalts the unique qualities of Pinot Noir from Ambonnay. The Perle Noir reveals wonderful complexity and terrific overall balance on the finish.