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.
Bourgogne Aligoté is quite a delicious example of this variety, which seem to be making a come back lately. The nose is lovely and delicate, the palate is citrusy and vividly fresh, with its edges soften by an overall impression of ripeness. Brilliant effort.