Grape(s): Pinot Noir
Localization: Burgundy, France
Tasting Notes: This breathtakingly beautiful wine won’t fade in a carafe, so if you open within the next ten years don’t hesitate to decant it, and be sure to use a good, large glass. The wine has a saturated dark crimson red color, which cools to bright fuchsia just at the edge. Fresh aromas of red and black fruit, including red raspberry preserves, candied black cherries, and sun-warmed Damson plums, along with fresh white tobacco, faded peonies, rose hips, and rhubarb move in and out of the foreground as the nose evolves in the glass.
On the palate, the wine is dense and opulent; even powerful; with a solid core of brooding, mineral-saturated flavors that echo the nose, sometimes adding grated orange zest, cardamom, and allspice as the wine grows more voluminous over time. This is a perfect example of the kind of profound, aristocratic Burgundy that motivates winegrowers around the world to try their hand at Pinot Noir. Drink now, or even better, give it another decade or more in your cool dark cellar.
Notes: Aging- oak barrels; 50% new oak for this appellation.
The Domain: The Amiots have been making wine in the Cote de Nuits for 5 generations. They make stunning Morey-Saint-Denis Reds including Grand Cru Clos de la Roche, Premier Cru Les Millandes and Morey-Saint-Denis Village. In Gevrey-Chambertin they make an excellent Premier Cru Les Combottes. They practice low yields in the vineyard (25-35 hectoliters per hectare), lute raisonnée (eliminating, when possible, the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides), de-stemming, and a 20-day maceration of the berries. The wine is kept on its lees until the one racking just before bottling. The wines are not fined or filtered. All of this extreme care of the land and berries along with little to no disturbance of the wine in barrel leads to extremely smooth wines. The wines and family are very well regarded in Burgundy, but since they do no publicity and are uniquely focused on tending their excellent holdings and winemaking, many have not heard of them or tried their wines before.