Vineyard: Approximately 50% Pinot and 50% Chardonnay, and 100% estate-fruit from Ambonnay, one of the largest Grand Cru villages.
Orientation: Vineyards in Ambonnay face due south and produce a warmer microclimate for the grapes.
Soil: Ambonnay soils have more clay and a bit less limestone than is stypical throughout the region.
Viticulture: The Coutiers paractice "lutte raisonnée", a method of viticulture which encourages biodiversity and soil health. Coutier ploughs, uses no herbicides and grows grass between rows.
Vinification: 2012 base vintage, with some reserve from previous vintages. Stainless steel; 100% malolactic. All 50 % of the pinot noir in the blend is still wine.
Aging: Sur lie for 24-36 months; 6 grams dosage.
Production: 500 cases/year
Notes: It is a beautifully made rosé that offers up gorgeous signature notes of red fruit, brioche and the complex soil tones of Ambonnay fruit.
Publication: Wine advocate
The NV Brut Rose Grand Cru would be a highlight in virtually every other cellar, but here the competition is quite stiff. This release is built on the 2008 vintage, and it is the personality of the year that comes through most. Expressive red berries, flowers, mint and crushed rocks burst from the glass as this energetic wine shows off its pure vibrancy and class. Coutier’s NV Brut Rose is another clear winner. Disgorged May 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.
Publication: Wine Spectator
A creamy rosé, with ripe apple and cherry fruit flavors, underscored by sliced almond, saline, pastry and spice notes. Fresh and balanced. A fine aperitif. Drink now through 2018. 600 cases made.
The NV Brut Rosé Grand Cru is one of the more finely-cut, chiseled wines in the Coutier range. Precise and lifted in style, the Rosé is terrific. Cranberry, chalk and floral notes are nicely delineated. There is so much to like. The Coutier Rosé is equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, all from estate fruit. Disgorged: May 2017. Dosage is 7.5 grams per liter.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
The current release of the Coutier Brut Rosé is a fifty-fifty blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, with half of the pinot noir still red wine in the blend. The current release is from the base year of 2012, with a percentage of reserve wines and the wine was finished with a dosage of six grams per liter after aging sur latte for three and a half years. The bouquet is excellent, jumping from the glass in a vibrant mix of blood orange, wild strawberries, chalky soil tones, smoke, warm bread and a delicate topnote of rhubarb. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very elegant in profile, with an excellent core, pinpoint bubbles, excellent focus and grip and a long, complex and zesty finish. Lovely Brut Rosé. 2017-2030.