Highly rated 41-year-old Premier Cru Volnay just $224.95

 
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"Youthful red in color... it seems to be frozen in time, floating in some sort of vinous (no pun intended) suspended animation." Antonio Galloni May 2015
  
Domaine Ampeau marches to the beat of a different drum, with Michael Ampeau continuing the work of his late father Robert. The wines are released when Michael considers them ready to drink. And that is always with some serious age. Long ago this was more common in Burgundy but the pressure of modern business and the desire of most consumers to drink wine when very young, has rendered Domaine Ampeau a rare (and loveable) dinosaur.

One would normally have to scratch their head and wonder when presented wines to taste at this domaine. The choices are Robert's and it is a bit of a take it or leave it situation. The wines I tasted during my recent visit all fit into the take it category. The low-intervention, old-fashioned winemaking regime, combined with long cold cellaring, has produced wines that are incredibly fresh. 
Today we present the Volnay 1er Cru Santenots from 1976. 1976 was a powerful year and in its youth the wines were brooding and tannic. But age has seen the wines mature slowly into wonderful Burgundy. Volnay 1er Cru Santenots is arguably the best vineyard of the commune. It was was first mentioned in 1218 and produces age-worthy wines with full body and rich texture.
To introduce this Domaine to our portfolio we offer the wine at a special Pre Arrival Discount of 25% for the next week. It is incredible value for a 41-year-old wine, direct from the Domaine, with a terrific review. Aged Burgundy at its finest. Treat yourself to something very special!
 
Volnay 1er Cru Santenots 1976
Normal Price $299.95
Pre Arrival Price $224.95 (Save 25%)
Only 36 bottles available, don't miss out!
 
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Antonio Galloni Vinous: And what to drink with such robust food? A bottle of the 1976 Robert Ampeau Volnay Santenots turned out to be just what the doctor ordered. Ampeau's wines develop at a glacial pace, and this beauty was no exception. Youthful red in color, it offered bright red cherry and floral aromas with more spicy (however closed), brooding flavors on the palate. The red cherry and dark berry fruit were shrouded beneath a very firm but polished cloak of tannins. As the wine was still closed and unyielding, with noteworthy but balanced acidity providing freshness and lift, it seems to be frozen in time, floating in some sort of vinous (no pun intended) suspended animation. The terroir of Santenots (characterized by a thin, red, iron-rich, heavy clay soil lying just above subsoil of hard limestone) tends to result in bigger wines than is typical for Volnay, so it's more than likely Ampeau's winemaking style and the nature of the 1976 vintage (a hot, dry summer led to powerful, tannic wines) that account for this wine's personality. Impressively, this remarkably youthful wine exhibited no roasted or cooked aromas and flavors, and matched extremely well with the lamb broth, the stew and the heart preparations. - May 2015. 91 Points
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You can also order by email at asaf@grandmillesime.com.au or by telephoning (03) 9326 5737. 
 
Cheers,
Darren

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Amiot-Bertrand Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 1976
 
It can be hard to trace family trees through Burgundy but I am told the maker is related to The Amiots in Morey-St-Denis and Amiot-Servelle in Chambolle-Musigny.

1976 was a big powerful vintage with plenty of colour and stuffing. The tannins have ensured the wines have aged nicely and softened over the decades. From my experience 1976 is a vintage that matured beautifully with time and is now drinking very well.

Grand Crus like this that have been cellared in Burgundy all their life should be superb. Grab a bottle or two for a special occasion!
Normally $599.95
Pre Arrival Price $499.95
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