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|Appellation/Sub-Region||Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru AOC Les Lavières|
Domaine Robert Ampeau is a legendary estate in Burgundy, Mersault specifically, that has been family owned and operated for five generations. Robert is known for releasing his wines only when he believes they are ready, with this 1999 just being released. The domaine is now run by Michael Ampeau, since his father, Robert, unexpectedly passed away in 2004, but he is continuing his legacy. Les Lavières is a Premier Cru climat (a vineyard site that is unique because of geography or terroir) that falls under the Savigny-les-Beaune appellation in the Côte de Beaune, between the Hill of Corton and the city of Beaune. The wine is quite earthy but because of the high amount of limestone in the soil, as well as the high elevation, it maintains a very elegant structure. Ampeau’s wine has seen little new wood (only 10-20%) and short élevage to retain the fresh, bright character of the fruit - and allow for a very slow maturing process that keeps the wine at its wholesome peak for a very long time.