Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Combottes is from 3 separate parcels totaling .61 ha with two right next to Grand Cru Latricières-Chambertin and the other at the southern end of the vineyard near Grand Cru Clos de la Roche. Les Combottes gets it’s name from the combe formation of the land it grows on (a valley or hollow on the side of a hill). A cold north wind that blows here ensures a later harvest in this chilly area.
Reviews for Domaine Pierre Amiot et Fils 2011 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Combottes
“Other than the Clos de la Roche this possesses the most complex nose among the Amiot 2011s with a lovely and broad mélange of both red and dark berry fruit aromas, earth, spice and a hint of underbrush. There is good punch and delineation to the silky-textured medium weight flavors that culminate in a clean, linear and dry in the best sense finish. A classic Combottes.” *Marked “Outstanding” -Allan Meadows, Burghound
About Domaine Pierre Amiot et Fils
The Amiots have been making wine in the Cote de Nuits for 5 generations. They make stunning Morey-Saint-Denis Reds including Grand Cru Clos de la Roche, Premier Cru Les Millandes and Morey-Saint-Denis Village. In Gevrey-Chambertin they make an excellent Premier Cru Les Combottes. They practice low yields in the vineyard (25-35 hectoliters per hectare), lute raisonnée (eliminating, when possible, the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides), de-stemming and a 20 day maceration of the berries. The wine is kept on its lees until the one racking just before bottling. The wines are not fined or filtered. All of this extreme care of the land and berries along with little to no disturbance of the wine in barrel leads to extremely smooth wines. The wines and family are very well regarded in Burgundy, but since they do no publicity and are uniquely focused on tending their excellent holdings and winemaking, many have not heard of them or tried their wines before. This is what makes it so exciting as an importer to introduce our customers to these very special wines!