Maison Ambroise Lettre d’Eloise – Coteaux Bourguignons Chardonnay
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.
The grapes for Lettre d’Eloise white come from young Chardonnay vines planted on clay and silex soils in Prémeaux-Prissey. The wine is fermented in 1-, 2- and 3-year-old 400-l oak barrels, where it stays for a period of 10 months. The wine is not fined and only lightly filtered. This is a wine of wonderful quality, showing citrus and acacia in abundance, framed with a delicate vein of acidity. A real roundness captures the freshness of barrel-fermented fruit.