MAISON AMBROISE, Prémeaux-Prissey
Bertrand Ambroise, recently joined by his son Francois and daughter Ludivine operate on 21 hectares and purchase grapes from another 3. Their vineyards were converted to organic viticulture and they received their certification in 2013. From manually harvested grapes, neither filtered nor fined, the wines are classic Burgundy with distinct terroir-influenced personalities. Maison Ambroise produce 24 cuvees that are assembled from 170 separate plots of vines
Today the wines are less powerful and less extracted than the wines produced in the 90’s and 2000’s and asked what has changed, Ludivine answers:
“Well, the wines were very strong – like my father. Since my brother and I came to the domaine in 2009, and as my father collects grandchildren, he is getting softer and rounder, so the wines are also rounder! Note also that 10 years ago we were not organic, the weather was different and the barrels we now use are different…”
This Grand Cru vineyard is located in the village of Flagey-Echezeaux which is known for its two grand crus; Echezeaux and Grands-Echezeaux. Although the commune has premier cru and village level vineyards, they are bottled and sold as Vosne-Romanee. Like its neighbor the Clos de Vougeot, situated further down the hill, it is one of the largest grand crus in Burgundy. Due to the inevitable differences in geology and aspect with such a sizeable vineyard, style and quality does vary. While this maybe to a lesser extent than in Clos de Vougeot, finding the right producer is still key.
The smaller, and often seen as superior, Grands-Echezeaux vineyard once owned by the Abbey of Citeaux, offers richer, more robust wines, delivering exceptional focus and concentration.