Guy Amiot et Fils

Outside Guy Amiot (pic. Euan McKay)

Guy Amiot et Fils
Chassagne-Montrachet, Burgundy
http://pagesperso-orange.fr/domaine.amiot/accueil.html
Wine Maker: Thierry Amiot

Another subscriber to the natural viticultural and wine-making school is fourth generation Amiot grower Thierry Amiot who is very serious about quality and committed to terroir.

First-class holdings in Chassagne-Montrachet including the Premier Cru’s Les Macherelles, La Maltroie, Les Champs-Gains, Les Vergers, and Les Caillerets. Add to this the delightful Premier Cru Puligny-Montrachet Les Damoiselles and the monumental Le Montrachet Grand Cru; this is one very serious Domaine.

Amiot crafts pure rich yet taut whites with orchard and stone fruit ripeness that display a mineral infused texture which not all Chassagne producers’ seem to manage.

The use of oak is noticeable but very classy and totally applicable to each wine’s vibrant and distinguished personality.

These are wines which give great pleasure in their youth and will develop gracefully over eight to ten years.

“One of Chassagne Montrachet’s most talented producers.” Robert Parker

“The wines from this producer give me reason to think that Guy Amiot is one of the unheralded top-rank winemakers in Chassagne Montrachet.”  Matt Kramer, ‘Making Sense of Burgundy’

“A delicious portfolio of Chassagne Premier Crus led by a tight, intense, and slowly evolving Caillerets; Amiot also has a plot of Montrachet, giving a profound, mineral-charged wine needing ten years or more to unfold.” Andrew Jefford

Wine Available

2008 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘La Maltroie’
This has lovely pear and mineral notes, elegant and fine with elegance and restraint. The palate shows excellent balance with its finely textured ripe pear and white nectarine flavors and racy citrus finish.
‘Evident wood toast and vanilla frames resin and earth hints on the ripe orchard fruit nose that precedes clean, crisp and intense flavors possessing excellent complexity and a subtle minerality on the persistent finish. This is carrying more wood than I personally like but there is no doubting the complexity. 90/2012+’Burghound

2008 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Les Vergers’
“An expressive nose of soil-inflected ripe citrus and dried rose petals marries into smooth, even satiny medium-bodied flavors that possess good volume on the long and bone dry finish. 91.” Burghound

2008 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Les Caillerets’ 375ml
“As is typically the case, this is more elegant with high-toned wet stone, citrus peel and acacia blossom aromas that complement the equally mineral-inflected, textured and well-delineated flavors that culminate in an explosive and palate staining finish. Lovely. 92. Outstanding.” Burghound

2008 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Les Damoiselles’
Les Damoiselles is jammed between Le Montrachet and Puligny Montrachet’s Le Caillerets. Fine and complex, restrained, mineral and floral notes, beguiling and beautifully elegant. The palate is wonderfully understated, 45% new oak has been eaten by the wine, white nectarine flavors and mineral-laden with the power arriving moments later with the beautifully refined and persistent and balanced finish. 95
“A complex nose of fresh toast, vanilla, spiced pear and green apple serves as an elegant introduction to the quite round and generous, even fleshy middle weight flavors that possess a lovely sense of refinement and verve on the lingering and persistent finish. This is really quite stylish. 92. Outstanding.” Burghound

2007 Le Montrachet, Grand Cru
100% new oak. This shows an almost painful but incredible intensity, with its powerful yellow fruit notes honey nut and mineral elegance and exciting. The palate is glorious showing great detail and medium-full intensity with freshness and balance with its wonderful finish.
‘from two tiny parcels of vines on the Chassagne side totaling only .09 ha planted in 1923 that have never been worked by tractor because the slope is so steep and thus the vines are worked only by hand. Planted entirely to le vrai chardonnay and the parcels are part of the old Dents de Chien vineyard that were included as part of Montrachet as a result of an agreement reached in Beaune in 1921; aged in 100% new wood). Generous wood presently dominates the nose though underneath the oak notes of completely and ripe floral and white peach aromas can be found. The relatively rich, full and sappy middle weight flavors are not particularly concentrated, and culminate in a lemony and linear finish that delivers solid if not truly exceptional length. 91/2013+’ Burghound

Guy Amiot’s smart labelling. (pic. Euan McKay)