Vineyard: 100% estate-fruit from Ambonnay, one of the largest Grand Cru villages.
Orientation: Vineyards in Ambonnay face due south, producing a warmer microclimate for the grapes.
Soil: This area consists of pure Belemnite chalk originating from Bouzy and continuing throughout most of Champagne. This unique soil allows the vines to root deeply, retaining the ideal amount of moisture while allowing the excess to drain away thoroughly
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: Vinified in tank. 60% 2009, 40% 2008, 40% of the blend is aged in neutral Francois Freres barrels before bottling in Spring
Aging: Aged minimum of 4 years in bottle sur latte and aged on the cork rather tan crown cap, as was the ancient tradition in the region. 6 grams dosage, disgorgement: April 2017
Production: Very limited, nly produces in top vintages.
Notes: This blend of Ambonnay Pinot Noir is 60% from the rich 2009 vintage and 40% from the powerful and penetrating 2008 vintage. It combiines classic Coutier fullness with a racy, chalky core and a persistent finish.
The NV Brut Henri III Grand Cru is powerful and ample, with terrific density and fabulous textural balance. Vinification and aging in oak adds textural richness and also softens some of the contours. This 100% Pinot Noir Champagne offers notable resonance and persistence, not to mention impeccable balance. Disgorged: April 2017. Dosage is 6 grams per liter.