House Fizz!

R.H.Coutier Ambonnay Cuvée Tradition Grand Cru (2014) NV

Coutier is to Ambonnay what Clouet is to Bouzy!

Coutier is to Ambonnay what Clouet is to Bouzy! Two villages just around the corner from each other. Two makers dishing out some seriously tasty vino. Ambonnay is the home to so many great vineyards. Judging by the vino Coutier is playing with the best of them. Their NV along with Clouet’s would have to rate as two of the best value Champagnes at the mo.

The Brut tradition is 30-40% Chardonnay 60-70% Pinot in any given release and around 40% reserve wine. This release has fine acid tempered by partial malolactic fermentation keeping the rich fruit of Ambonnay nicely in check. It could be enjoyed equally as an aperitif whilst having the substance to handle an array of tasty morsels. Quality fruit does that!

The enticing array of fruit flavours is complemented by layers of creamy lees. The core of fruit here has excellent depth and length that you’d expect to see only in considerably more expensive fizz. Loads of fun. Now we have 2 options for house fizz at Wine Decoded!

Base 2014 disgorged late 2020. Put’s it right in the drinking zone!

$73.00
$69ea in any 3+, $65ea in any 6+

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Why is this Wine so Yummy?

This is very serious fizz. The nose is quite arresting, with evolving layers of citrus, orchard and red berry fruits, blossom florals and rich toasty autolytic notes. The palate is broad and intensely toasty, with umami notes of mushroom and smoke that are indicative of the high proportion of reserve wine in this cuvée. This is also felt in the richness and depth of flavour coming through on the palate, which is balanced by ripe citrus and orchard fruit characters as well as an energetic bead and creamy mousse. The finish long with lingering flavours of red apples and pastry. Serve this champagne in a large glass – it has wonderful vinosity and is still exceedingly enjoyable after the fizz has faded.

Madeleine Horrigan

About R.H.Coutier

Coutier’s Instagram profile is revealing. All pic’s of the vineyard and visits to exceptional vignerons in Champagne. No marketing guff just the search for constant improvement!

Champagne R. H. Coutier is located in the grand cru village of Ambonnay, one of the top wine-producing sectors of the Montagne de Reims. The Coutier family has been in the village of Ambonnay since 1619, with Antoine Coutier currently at the helm. While Ambonnay is generally regarded as Pinot country, the family’s nine hectares of vineyards are planted with one-third Chardonnay and two-thirds Pinot Noir. In fact, in 1946 Antoine Coutier’s grandfather father was the first vigneron in Ambonnay to plant Chardonnay in the village, which has flourished ever since and is now as highly regarded as the Pinot Noir from this grand cru village.

The vineyards on the Montagne de Reims shift exposure as one arrives in the village of Ambonnay, facing due south and producing a warmer microclimate for the grapes. There is also a bit more clay and a bit less limestone in the soils of Ambonnay than is typical throughout the region, which tends to produce more sumptuous styles in the wines, such as Coutier’s, which rely solely on Ambonnay fruit. This is not a large domaine by any stretch of the imagination, only producing 25,000 bottles in any given year.

Coutier, a small grower in Ambonnay, makes wines of real distinction and class. As one might expect given their Ambonnay origins, these Champagnes tend to be quite rich and creamy in feel, but they also have a sense of brightness that keeps the wines from being overly heavy. The NV wines are especially strong here. I am also a very big admirer of the Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru, a rare 100% Ambonnay Chardonnay. Best of all, these wines remain very fairly priced. 

Antonio Galloni, Vinous

In the Vineyard

Coutier holds around 8.5 hectares of vines, composed of 37 different plots with an average age of 38 years. Their vineyards are two-thirds of Pinot Noir and one-third of our Chardonnay.

ORGANIC

Practicing “lutte raisonnée”, a method of viticulture which encourages biodiversity and soil health. Coutier ploughs, uses no herbicides and grows grass between rows.

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.

In the Winery

The Coutier house style is accentuated by vinification and cellar techniques that seek to marry the traditional richness of Ambonnay fruit with the racy and pure style that the family cherishes. In this regard, only half of the Coutier wines go through malolactic fermentation, as Antoine feels this balances opulence with raciness in the finished wines.

Where in the World is R.H.Coutier?

R.H.Coutier operates out of the fabled village of Ambonnay.

The map below shows the main sub-regions of Champagne

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From left to right Champagne vineyards by Soil Type, Aspect and Dominant Varietal

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92 Points

The NV Brut Tradition Grand Cru is creamy and so expressive. Dried pear, ginger, spice and dried flowers lend quite a bit of aromatic nuance to this Pinot-based NV Champagne. Time in the glass brings out the natural resonance of Ambonnay. This is such a pretty and inviting Champagne. The current release is based on 2014, with 40% reserve wines blended in. Dosage is 6 grams per liter.

Antonio Galloni, Vinous

91 Points

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.

Alan Meadows, Burghound

Where in the world does the magic happen?

R.H. Coutier, Boulevard des Fossés de Ronde, Ambonnay, France

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