René-Henri Coutier Champagne Ambonnay Brut Grand Cru
More for the memorable holiday merriment files.
A blend of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay, this packs a lot of energy with ripe fruit –raspberry, baked apples, peach, some citrus– on the palate, and a little yeasty, too. Nice long finish, to the bottom of the bottle. Disgorged December 2015.
The Coutiers have been making sparkling wine in Ambonnay, a Grand Cru village in Champagne, for five generations, yet René-Henri, by most accounts I can locate, prefers to stay under the radar. The winery doesn’t have a Facebook page or Instagram account, not even a website.There is a low-key Twitter account under his name.
They farm about 8.5 hectares, two-thirds of it Pinot Noir and one-third Chardonnay, but their own range remains limited to about 5000 cases annually, choosing to sell instead to the prestigious Moet and Chandon, Veuve Cliquot and Tattinger houses. A very rare treat.
Champagne R-H Coutier
7 rue Henri III
51150 Ambonnay, France
$53 in Ohio, tasted December 2017