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. Reflecting a redolent nose reminiscent of autumn aromas of blackberry, spice, & pine sap that waft out of the glass. On the palate, an elegant & well-balanced fruity dance of ripe blackberry & sour cherry notes linger playfully on the palate with mild tannins carried through to a smooth, chalky finish of great elegance.
Located in Puligny-Montrachet and led by Michel Ampeau representing the next generation, the domaine has over 10 hectares of vineyard lands in 10 different premier crus, with the majority falling in Mersault. These wines are known for developing slowly and lasting for ages. The 1993 Santenots, from a vintage that Wine Searcher rated 91 pts, led them to conclude that "Top domaines made exuberant, racy, & balanced wines". This wine is no exception.