Amiot Servelle Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses 1er




The 2016 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses, which included 20% whole bunch fruit, offers pretty red berry fruit laced with spice and hints of brine on the nose. I appreciate the manner in which this opens up. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, juicier than the domaine’s other premier crus, with impressive substance and purity on the finish. The quality of the vineyard really carries this wine and though not the “best in show” when it comes to this premier cru, there is much to enjoy here.

Christian Amiot and his son guided me through their latest vintages at their tasting room and over in their barrel cellar, close to the church in Chambolle-Musigny. “We lost 60% of the production in Chambolle-Musigny but it was better in Morey,” Christian told me. “There is just one barrel of Les Fuées. The small quantities made the wines complicated to vinify. We started harvest in the beginning of October.” The domaine owns a clutch of good holdings including Les Amoureuses and Clos Saint-Denis. They tend to be quite stocky wines that lean toward more black fruit than red. They can reward cellaring, especially as they can be a bit tough in their youth. The impact of the frost certainly did affect quality this year and some of the Chambolle-Musignys struggled, with the notable exception of the Derrière La Grange, if I recall the smallest of the appellation’s premier crus.