Region: Cote-d’Or, Burgundy
Amiot Guy’s 2014 Bourgogne Chardonnay emanates from vines just outside the boundary of Chassagne-Montrachet and drinks like classic white Burgundy from that renowned village. This Bourgogne Blanc is a wine of grace, precision, and subtlety that bears little resemblance to the tropical fruit-bomb style of many New World Chardonnays. A wholly different approach is taken in Burgundy towards Chardonnay, where the best producers like Amiot Guy strive to accentuate the ultimate attributes of the varietal: charm, elegance, and inherent drinkability that also reflect a distinctive terroir. Rather than overlay the exemplary mineral-rich flavors of Chardonnay or obscure the appellation’s unique terroirwith copious quantities of new oak, as is often the case with New World Chardonnays, Guy and Thierry Amiot capture the complexity, sophistication, and eminent drinkability of Chardonnay in the family’s brilliant 2014 Bourgogne Chardonnay. The 2014 Amiot Guy Bourgogne Blanc sports a sun-kissed robe that radiates the glow of morning sunshine. Along with a brilliant robe, the medium-bodied Amiot Guy Bourgogne Blanc possesses a mineral-rich nose and a wealth of soft, seductive flavors. In the mouth, a cache of flowers, minerals, and spices well up from the center of this wine, adding complexity and framing the racy finish of this elegant concoction. Although still in the fresh bloom of youth, the 2014 Amiot Guy Bourgogne Chardonnay has several years of favorable evolution ahead of it: it should begin to reach its plateau of perfection in 2017 and offer excellent drinking pleasure for at least several more years. For optimal enjoyment, we suggest only moderate chilling of this exemplary white Burgundy (40º-50º F), as colder temperatures tend to numb the finest Chardonnays and diminish the elegance and complexity of Guy Amiot’s handiwork.