NV R.H Coutier Grand Cru Cuvee Tradition

Champagne, France

A weighty, creamy and complex Champagne that will unfold in the glass. Supremely satisfying value!


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Fabulous. Rich, ample and creamy in the glass, the Brut Tradition captures all of the natural intensity of Ambonnay in its expansive personality

Antonio Galloni (Vinous)

About the Wine

You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars in order to find a high-quality champagne. We just loved the richness and length of this rare bubbles.

Astonishingly, it is all Grand Cru fruit from the village of Ambonnay, about an equal split of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. There's also a good amount of reserve wine used in this cracking entry level cuvee, adding to the creamy smooth palate.

>There are flavours of icing sugar red fruits, spice and quite bit of attractive biscuity yeastiness. And there's just a luxury feel throughout.

About R.H. Coutier

If you're looking for pedigree in the Champagne region of France, the Coutier family have lived in the village of Ambonnay since 1619. The label has been managed by Rene-Henri Coutier since 1971, whose grandfather decided in 1901 to make their own champagne, rather than selling the grapes to Charles Heidsieck (of Piper-Heidsieck fame).

The Coutiers own 40 plots in Ambonnay, and in 2019 they began converting all of them to organic farming. Two-thirds of the vineyards are planted to Pinot Noir, and one-third to Chardonnay, in a commune dominated by Pinot. R.H. Coutier focuses on ripe, fruit-forward champagnes, with around half of the wines undergoing malolactic fermentation, to balance the opulence and raciness. R.H. Coutier is definitely one of the gems of Ambonnay.

The Coutier family
The Coutier family
Champagne, France
Additional Info

From the Importer

70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay 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.

Blend : Pinot Noir (70%), Chardonnay (30%)
ABV : 13.6%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2025
Bottle Size : 750ml

Winter at the Coutier vineyard in Ambonnay
Winter at the Coutier vineyard in Ambonnay
Champagne, France
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews


"The NV Brut Tradition Grand Cru is fabulous. Rich, ample and creamy in the glass, the Brut Tradition captures all of the natural intensity of Ambonnay in its expansive personality. Pinot Noir drives this blend in both its flavor profile and weight. Red cherry, plum, cinnamon, cedar and dried flowers are some of the many notes that build over time. This release is based on 2013, with 40% reserve wines. Disgorged: November, 2019." - Antonio Galloni (Vinous)


"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)


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