Maison Ambroise is a long established, small négociant house, who operates on 21 hectares of their own vineyards and purchase grapes from another 3. They own vines in Prémeaux, Nuits-St-Georges, Ladoix, Meursault, the hill of Corton, Vosne-Romanée (with some Grand Cru Echezeaux!), Gevrey-Chambertin, Vougeot, Beaune and as far as Saint-Romain. As always with similarly parcelled estates in Burgundy, logistic is key.
Bertrand Ambroise was recently joined by his son Francois and daughter Ludivine, they have just received their organic certification (2013). Ludivine explained the move to organic viticulture is one of true belief as she lost her grand-father due to illness caused by chemicals used in the fields.
Harvested manually, neither filtered nor fined, the wines are classic and expressive with distinct terroir-influenced personalities.
Ladoix 1er Gréchons benefit of very similar terroirs to the hill of Corton. The wine was matured in new 400 litres oak barrels, a mix of French and American oak. The size of the barrels and provenance of the oak being quite unusual for Burgundy. The wine displays an elegant nose of ripe fruit lightly seasoned with spices, vanilla and hints of oak. The palate is generously fruited, ample and soft with the balancing minerals appearing near the finish.