The nose of this powerful Champagne is full of racy red fruits towards raspberry, some candied orange peel, a light nuttiness, and buttered bread. The palate is present with moderate acidity, and a flavor set of cream, spiced red stone fruits, and raspberry scones. D&M Tasting Notes
The Coutier family has been in the Grand Cru village of Ambonnay since 1619, though it was only in the twentieth century that they began to make their own cuvees. In 1901, the grandfather of René Coutier (the current proprietor, at left with his son) bucked with longstanding tradition and bottled his own wine instead of selling it to Charles Heidsieck. The village of Ambonnay has always been known for growing the highest quality Pinot Noir. After WWII, René’s father was the first to plant Chardonnay in this village.
The Coutiers practice "lutte raisonnée," a method of vineyard management that encourages biodiversity and soil health, i.e. the use of a horse to plough, they do not use herbicides and grow grass between the vine rows. René has been involved with the family business since 1971, and fully took over from his father in 1983. In the cellar, René uses very little oak, and none for your cuvee, with aging on the lees for 36 months before disgorgment. The cuvee Tradition echoes the family’s vineyard holdings with 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay going into the final bottle, finished with 6 grams dosage. (It should be noted this is based largely on the 2012 vintage, which by all indications will be the first extraordinary vintage for Champagne of the 2010s.)
R.H. Coutier Cuvee Tradition Brut Champagne
- Brand: R.H. Coutier
- Availability: In Stock
- Quantity Available: 23
- SKU #: 5719