Amiot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru “Combottes” 2013


In Burgundy as in real estate, location is everything. Today’s wine comes from a vineyard classified Premier Cru but surrounded by five Grand Crus. It sits along the famous stretch of Grand Crus between Morey-St-Denis and Gevrey-Chambertin, and many believe its classification has as much to do with centuries-ago politics as with terroir.

But whether it’s a secret would-be Grand Cru, or just a perfectly positioned Premier Cru, one thing is settled — the “Combottes” vineyard turns out magnificent wine. The Domaine Pierre Amiot is based in Morey-St-Denis, but makes a few hundred cases each year from this plot just over the border in Gevrey.

The wine is young but already exceptional — the nose is dark and sweetly floral, with notes of spice, plum, and earth. The mouth is dense and sappy with an rich, mouthfilling concentration. Burghound awarded 91-93 points, finding “utterly delicious flavors,” and an “impeccably well-balanced finish.”

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