Maison Ambroise Lettre d’Eloise – Coteaux Bourguignons Pinot Noir
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.
Lettre d’Eloise Pinot Noir is grown on flat land, with brown clay and limeston. 100% aged in 400L barrels 2-5 year old. For 10 months. No fining nor filtration. Plum, smoke, firm tannins, nice purity, slightly astringent and palate-cleansing, it is unapologetically dry and focused. Nice finish with purity of fruit and flavours. A very honestly-made, country wine style.