The Coutier family have roots in the Grand Cru village of Ambonnay dating back to early 17th century. Despite being regarded as one of the best Grand Cru terroirs for Pinot Noir, the Coutier’s have the distinction of being the first in the region to plant Chardonnay. Their house style reflects the richness of Pinot Noir with a crisp, racy edge that Chardonnay introduces to the final blend. Their ‘Cuvée Tradition’ is always around ¾ Pinot Noir with the remainder rounded out by Chardonnay. For this current offering, more than half of this cuvée starts with a 2014 base with various amounts of prior vintages added. Sized appropriately for sharing or not.
Notes from Beaune Imports:
“Produced entirely from Grand Cru grapes from the village of Ambonnay, this stunning Brut Tradition shows rich, leesy fruit obtained through extended bottle aging prior to disgorging. Quite vinous in texture, it is full and long with crisp apple fruit notes on the finish and showing some toasty notes in the nose. Very low dosage levels allow the great Ambonnay fruit to shine.”