2005 Amaury Coutelas Vintage Brut Champagne
This is rich and full-bodied with a fine bead. Lots of fruit with vinous and complexity. Intense with a lot of weight and freshness. Elegant and fabulous. Half Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
Angelique and Damien have 17 and one half acres, mostly in Villers sous Chatillon, but also in Ambonny, Bouzy, Vitry la Francois, and Troissy. Their family has been growing since 1809 and started making their own Champagnes in the 20s. This half and half blend of Meunier and Pinot Noir come from estate vines that average over 70 years old--among the oldest I have ever heard of in Champagne. The wine is vinified in stainless steel and finished with only six grams per liter of dosage. It is a very full-bodied wine, with super power in the middle, yet refreshing on the finish. This great new (but only new to the US!) producer is one to notice! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)