Domaine Pierre Amiot & Fils

The small family Domaine Pierre Amiot was established in Morey-Saint-Denis 5 generations ago. After Pierre, Léon and Édouard, Pierre Amiot decided to take over the domaine in 1951. He joined forces with his eldest son Jean-Louis in 1980. The youngest son Didier started working at the domaine in 1991. Jean-Louis and Didier cultivate 8 hectares of vineyards in Morey-Saint-Denis and Gevrey-Chambertin. The domaine is spread around the original estate, which is located in the town center. There are now 40 parcels of vineyards, with 85% in Morey-Saint-Denis and 15% in Gevrey-Chambertin. They represent a complete range of wines from every appellation level: 2 Bourgognes, 3 Villages, 5 Premiers Crus and 2 Grands Crus.

The vineyards have an east-southeast exposure with an altitude from 220 to 260m (720 to 840 feet), and are planted in limestone and clay-limestone soils dating from the Middle Jurassic period. This geological diversity makes each plot unique and offers richness and distinction to the fruit, which is then expressed in the wines. The terroir of Morey-Saint-Denis is ideal for growing Pinot Noir. One of the particularities of the Domaine Amiot is that they also own a parcel of Morey-St-Denis blanc, which is very rare in this appellation.The harvest is done by hand using perforated crates, and the grapes are then sorted on a vibrating table. De-stemming from 70 to 100%, depending on the vintage. Slow and gentle extraction by cold maceration during 5-7 days, with alternate punch downs and pump-overs. Fermentation with natural yeast during 10 days in thermo-regulated tanks. Aging in oak barrels (228 litre) from 15 to 18 months. 30% of new oak for the 1 ers Crus and 50% for the Grands Crus. Racking and bottling based on the lunar cycles.

Morey Saint Denis Rouge. Production of up to 9000 bottles, from seven parcels totaling 1.85 hectares from vines aged between 25-60 years old, some of which touch Chambolle to the south, adding the touch of ethereal elegance and distinction. Rich red berry fruit, with elegance and no rusticity and a clean vibrant finish that will continue development for at least 5 years from this excellent vintage.

Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru “Les Ruchots”. From a tiny, but ideal vineyard location (1.3 hectares, only 2500 total production) just below the Grand Cru “Clos de Tart” this is one of Morey’s most stylish 1er Crus. Long gone are the days when Morey was the rustic neighbor of Chambolle. The new breed of winemaking gives wines such as the Ruchots, silken elegance with firm Cotes de Nuits structure and layers of minerality and richness, that last in a beautifully poised and stylish way on the palette, with a mix of red and darker fruit sustaining the mid-palette. Yields are kept low and the average vine age is 55 years old giving deeper intensity and concentration.

Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Combottes”. A tiny, 1.53 hectare vineyard, producing 2800 bottles from vines aged up to 70 years old. One of the finest 1er Crus in Gevrey, situated in the heart of the Grand Crus in one of the most favoured sites in the village. Combining the structure, intensity and latent muscle of the finest Pinot Noirs makes this wine the epitome of the finest Red Burgundies one can procure at these price levels.

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru. From low yielding vines up to 55 years old this ancient, top rank Grand Cru produces deep ruby colored wines of immense intensity, power and elegance with characteristic small black fruit and dark cherry and spicy notes, while never appearing too alcoholic and overripe, and which linger for over a minute on the palette. A Tour de Force of Burgundian winemaking skills from an outstanding vintage!