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RH Coutier

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Champagne R. H. Coutier is located in the grand cru village of Ambonnay, one of the top wine-producing towns on the Montagne de Reims. The Coutier family has been in the village of Ambonnay since 1619, with the current head of the family estate René Coutier. The Coutiers own nine hectares of vineyards in Ambonnay, and interestingly, although Ambonnay is generally regarded as pinot noir country, the Coutiers’ vineyards are planted with one-third chardonnay and two-thirds pinot noir. The vineyards on the Montagne de Reims shift exposure as one arrives in the village of Ambonnay, facing due south and producing a rather 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, that rely solely on Ambonnay fruit. Production is minimal at only producing 25,000 bottles in any given year. The Coutier house style is accentuated by René’s vinification and cellar techniques that seek to marry the traditional richness of Ambonnay fruit with the racy and pure style that René cherishes. The Champagne house of R. H. Coutier is one of the finest in Ambonnay, and is a wonderful introduction to the magic of grand cru bubbly in the heart of the Montagne de Reims.

RH Coutier Brut Blanc de Blanc

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"Coutier's NV Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru, 100% Chardonnay from Ambonnay, remains one of the most compelling, under the radar wines in Champagne, not to mention a fabulous value. Round, textured and supple in the glass, the Blanc de Blancs shows the more textured, side of Chardonnay. These soils in Ambonnay confer an unusual level of richness and breadth. In my view, this is Coutier's best Champagne. Disgorged May 2014. Dosage is 6 grams per liter."

  • Color Sparkling
  • Reviewer Name Antonio Galloni
  • Reviewer Score 92
  • Case Size 6
  • Bottle Size 750 ml

RH Coutier Brut Grand Vintages NV

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Coming soon!

Available in North America for the first time!

  • Color Sparkling
  • Case Size 6
  • Bottle Size 750 ml

RH Coutier Brut Rosé NV

$62.95

Just released!

"(55% Chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir; 6 g/l dosage; disgorged on May 5, 2014): Light orange-pink. Vibrant red berry and orange zest scents are complicated by chalky mineral and jasmine nuances. Taut and linear on entry, then fleshier in the middle, offering lively strawberry and tangerine flavors and a touch of brioche. Concentrated yet lithe on the finish."

  • Color Sparkling Rosé
  • Reviewer Name Josh Reynolds
  • Reviewer Score 92
  • Case Size 6
  • Bottle Size 750 ml