Country of Origin: France
Type: Red Wine
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
Alcohol Volume / ABV: 13.5%
The Ampeau family have been skilled winegrowers for generations - for them, wine is a question of passion and considered an art form. Domaine Robert Ampeau, located in the sub-region of Puligny-Montrachet, counts domaine holdings spanning 10 hectares of vineyards, including land in 10 Premier Crus, 4 of which are in Meursault while the others are scattered around Puligny, Beaune, Blagny, & Savigny. Robert's methods in the vineyards were often considered innovative: he was one of the 1st winemakers in Burgundy to allow other plants to grow in between the rows of vines to encourage the vine roots to burrow deeper into the soil in search of water & nutrients. Wines from Domaine Robert Ampeau are not released for sale to the public until they are deemed ready for consumption - this aligns with Robert's ethos of showing respect for their product. Despite this practice, the wines released for sale are still notable for their youth & clarity. Being very difficult to find old vintages of Burgundy these days, Ampeau's logic offers some of the greatest Burgundian drinking experiences without the long wait. Deep ruby in color, the nose manifests a robust fruity bouquet of ripe dark plums with nuances of thistlebush, briar patch, & cedarwood characters. Revealing a vibrant acidity on the palate, this wine shows luscious dark fruit & spice characters on the palate culminating in a long, refreshing, & thoroughly enjoyable finish. Enjoy this wine with Roast Pheasant, Roast Goose, Duck a l'Orange, Venison Stroganoff, & Braised Wild Boar Shanks with Sweet Soy & Star Anise.
This wine shows a great combination of a sheen to the palate masking great fruit density with a structure of supple tannins faintly evident in the background. Although this wine shows considerable development, it has a sense of liveliness that gives an impression of being a decade younger than its actual age. Winemaker Michel Ampeau says he is an early harvest picker which probably explains why their wines maintain their freshness for decades and age gracefully for much longer than most people expect.