In a nutshell: A splendid red Burgundy from the Grand Cru vineyard of Corton.
The lowdown: The Corton vineyard in Aloxe-Corton is the only red Grand Cru in the Côte de Beaune - the remainder being in from the Côtes de Nuits. This prime example from Bertrand Ambroise has opulent berry fruit, complex spice, cracked black pepper and fresh herb flavours which are complimented by more developed notes of smoke, earth and dried wild mushroom. The tannins are abundant but smooth and supple and the crisp acidity gives this wine real freshness.
When to drink: Beautifully balanced with satisfying length, partner it with things like roast veal, or the classic coq au vin.
Maison Ambroise is based in the small village of Premeaux-Prissey just south of the Côtes de Nuits town of Nuits-St-Georges. Bertrand Ambroise, the owner, took it over in 1987 and now runs things with his son François and daughter Ludivine.
They have 21 hectares in total and most of their wines are from Côte de Nuits appellations. Since 2013, when they achieved Ecocert certification, all their vineyards have been farmed organically and this is a cornerstone of the sustainable approach to their viticulture. Bertrand uses a good proportion of new oak in the domaine's winemaking and big, bold flavours are one of their trademarks. Their whites make ideal early drinking wines whereas the reds are capable of ageing well and developing a fine complexity along the way.