mercredi 12 février 2020

Champagne Henri Goutorbe - Cuvée Blanc de Noirs Aÿ Grand Cru

Guide VERON des Champagnes 2017

(around 34 euros per bottle)

Original and careful presentation, adorned with Egyptian symbols, mischievous homonymic nod to Aÿ, Pharaoh, to better promote the culture of Champagne.


Golden and brilliant.

Fine bubbles.

Delicate bead of foam, persistent.


Sensual, it slowly unveils its heady complexity.

Generous aromas of honey and caramel, gourmet expressions of the maturity of the cuvée obtained by 4 years of ageing on laths of the bottles, with patient autolysis of the prise de mousse yeasts.

The nose then comes to life with delicious perfumes of red and black fruits (blackcurrant, raspberry and blackberry), coupled with subtle spices (white pepper, cinnamon and liquorice), inimitable signatures of the selection of the best Pinot Noirs of the Aÿ Grand Cru.


Pure attack due to the selection of the first juices (cuvée), during the pressing of the grapes.

The mouth becomes caress, sensual and warm, perhaps thanks to the judicious fulfillment of the malolactic fermentation of the base wines and to the adjusted dosage, with 9 g/L of sugar added at disgorgement.

Dense and mineral finish.

Remarkable length on the palate.

With this Cuvée Blanc de Noirs Aÿ Grand Cru bottled in 2012 (3000 bottles), Etienne Goutorbe, its producer, proposes us a touching composition, variant with bubbles of the Pinot Noir already produced as red wine.

To taste as an aperitif or during a meal, with oysters gratinés with Champagne zabaglione, for example.

True champenois signature, the Champagne House Henri Goutorbe perpetuates the family tradition in Aÿ, historic Grand Cru located in the heart of the Champagne area. Under the leadership of René Goutorbe, key figure, assisted by his wife and his two children, Etienne and Bertrand, the House cultivates with care its vineyard of 22 hectares planted with the best vines of the three champenois varietal, from its own production, and produces with talent around 180,000 bottles of highly expressive Champagnes each year, of which half is exported.

Champagne Henri Goutorbe
9 bis rue Jeanson
51 160 Aÿ
Tel. : + 33 (0)3 26 55 21 70
Fax. : + 33 (0)3 26 54 85 11