Coutier Tradition Brut
|Bottle sizes:||375 ML, 750 ML, 1.5 L, 3 L|
|Varietal notes:||70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay|
|Vineyard:||70% Pinot, 30% Chardonnay and all is estate-fruit from Ambonnay, one of the largest Grand Cru villages. The Coutier family was the first family to plant Chardonnay in this famed Pinot-centric village.|
|Orientation:||Vineyards in Ambonnay face due south, producing a warmer microclimate for the grapes.|
|Soil:||Ambonnay soils have more clay and a bit less limestone than is typical throughout the region.|
|Viticulture:||The Coutiers practice "lutte raisonnée", a method of viticulture which encourages biodiversity and soil health. Coutier ploughs, uses no herbicides and grows grass between rows.|
|Vinification:||2013 base vintage, with some reserve from previous vintages. Stainless steel; 100% malolactic.|
|Aging:||Sur lie for 24-36 months; 6 grams dosage.|
|Tasting:||An excellent and racy bottle with the signature red fruit characteristics of Ambonnay. 6 grams dosage, disgorgement: March 2017|
The NV Brut Grand Cru Tradition is a pretty, immediate Champagne with lovely roundness. Nothing in particular stands out, just the wine’s balance and overall sense of proportion. A soft, caressing finish rounds things out in style. This release is 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay from the 2008 vintage, with the addition of reserve wines. Disgorged January 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.
The firm acidity is finely meshed in this seamless Champagne, with a rich note of chalky minerality underscoring the creamy palate's flavors of chopped almond, black currant, fleur de sel and candied lemon zest. Disgorged October 2014. Drink now through 2020. 1,500 cases made.
A moderately yeasty and attractively complex nose features notes of lemon rind and dried rose petals that complement the citrusy, intense and utterly delicious flavors that possess fine depth and excellent length. This seems notably better and more complete than the NV cuvée reviewed several years ago. Worth considering, both for a sparkler that could be drunk now or aged for as long as an additional five years.
Coutier's NV Brut Cuvée Tradition Grand Cru is soft, open-knit and tasty, all qualities that make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Hints of spice and dried flowers add nuance, but overall, this is a fairly restrained expression of Ambonnay Pinot Noir. Disgorged: March 2017. Dosage is 7 grams per liter.
The current release of R. H. Coutier’s Brut Tradition is composed of its customary blend of seventy-five percent pinot noir and twenty-five percent chardonnay, with the wine hailing from the base year of 2012. The vins clairs are fermented in stainless steel, go through full malo and were finished this year with a dosage of seven grams per liter. The bouquet is deep and classy, offering up a superb blend of white peach, apple, fresh-baked bread, complex soil tones and a gentle touch of nuttiness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full bodied and complex, with excellent mid-palate core, elegant mousse and fine length and grip on the well-balanced finish. A classic expression of Ambonnay fruit and soil. 2017-2035.