Les Combettes is a Premier Cru of Puligny Montrachet, noted for steely minerality and richly structured wines. Like all of the fine white wines from this important Domaine, Ampeau’s Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes has begun to exhibit the honeyed complexity of mature white Burgundy. This is perfectly mature wine, shipped under perfect temperature-controlled conditions.
About this wine producer: The story we heard was that Robert Ampeau once turned away a swaggering Michelin three-star chef who arrived unannounced to taste wine. But I’d also heard stories of the five incredible cellars under the rue du Cromin, and that Robert’s son Michel was funny and smart. Meeting the Ampeaus was an epiphany, and the the stories about Robert and Michel Ampeau “holding back the wines until they was ready to drink” weren’t true at all. They simply didn’t care whether or not anyone bought them, as much as they cared about the weather, and the vines, and their annual struggle with nature to produce them.