A Wine-Drinker’s Wine

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

We often speak of Jean-Louis Amiot’s wines as “wine-drinker’s wines.” This isn’t to say that everyone won’t enjoy them. Rather, they’re made in a traditional style, and often require patience – in the glass or the cellar.

Bottle ageing can be crucial with Amiot’s red Burgundies, but so far 2009 has been different. Last year at a tasting in Philadelphia with his neighbor (and grade school friend) Michel Gros, we poured Amiot’s 09 Millandes. The wine was soft, expressive and delicious.

Morey-Saint-Denis is sandwiched between Chambolle-Musigny and Gevrey-Chambertin in Burgundy’s famous Côte de Nuits. Wines from Morey often show an agreeable earthiness. While Amiot’s Millandes 09 reveals that stony quality, it’s juicier and riper than usual because of its vintage. For Allen Meadows (Burghound), the wine showed “ripe but soft tannins plus solid length.”

We’ve enjoyed this wine recently, but it should last a decade or more. Today we would pair it with Cornish hens, after decanting for half an hour or so.

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AMIOT MSD 1ER MILLANDES 09
Ansonia Retail: $65
Offer Price: $54.95

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