2005 Amaury Coutelas Vintage Brut Champagne

SKU #1110493 93 points James Suckling

 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.  (3/ 2013)

K&L Notes

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)

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/2/2013  | Send Email
I had the fortune to revisit this incredible Champagne in the company of Angelique and Damien Coutelas, who were recently in town for a producer visit and consumer tasting. The 2005 impressed me before, and upon re-tasting I am amazed at how it has blossomed over the last six months in something even richer and deeper. Worth a serious revisit! 10/25/2013 Notes: 70 year old Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir vines are the source of this enticing Champagne, and in the cooler 2005 vintage these naturally low-yielding vines yielded even less than usual. The result is a rich, complex Champagne with a creamy texture and savory elements that make it ideal for pairing with food. Lemony, bready aromas lead in the nose, followed by flavors of nutty lees and fresh-buttered sourdough toast on the palate. The dry finish that leaves lingering saline-like mineral and nutty flavors. This would be superb with many seafood dishes or a simple roast chicken, and makes a lovely gift. From a producer that is brand new to the US market and that you can only find at K&L, this is a real special deal here.

By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/27/2012  | Send Email
Gary has hit the ball out of the park again with this precious little find! While new to the K&L family, this seasoned champagne house has been around since 1809 which explains the 70 year old vines that make this vintage cuvee so layered and nuanced. What truly impresses me about this champagne is the delicate balance between the rich, full bodied palate, bright citrus driven flavors, concentrated complex mid-palate that's completed with a fresh, lifted finish.

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Other White Wines

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France

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Alcohol Content (%): 12.5