Bertrand Ambroise

Bertrand Ambroise

Though the Domaine Bertrand Ambroise has 18th century antecedents it is very much the current incumbent, Bertrand Ambroise, in charge since 1987, who has driven the business forwards. The domaine, which is under conversion to organic farming, now covers 17 hectares and is complemented by a thriving negociant business. The style of wine is for dark coloured, powerful wines from fully ripe grapes, complemented by plenty of new oak. The reds are centred on Nuits St Georges but there is also Clos de Vougeot and Corton, while the whites range from St Aubin to Corton-Charlemagne.

Bertrand Ambroise's are not wines for the faint-hearted. The reds are neither fined nor filtered and are matured in barriques of which 75-100% are new. They are opaque in colour and on the palate are full-bodied and intense with copious amounts of chewy black fruits. His Corton Charlemagne is enormously concentrated but needs time to show at its best.

Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Wine Director and author of the award-winning Inside Burgundy comprehensive handbook.

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