Domaine Robert Ampeau, located in the region of Puligny-Montrachet in Burgundy, is currently run by Michel Ampeau, after the recent and unfortunate death of his father, Robert, in 2004. The domaine holdings cover about 10 hectares of vineyard, including land in 10 Premier Crus, 4 of which are in Meursault, while the other are scattered around Puligny, Beaune, Blagny and Savigny.
Robert's methods in the vineyard were often considered innovative: he was one of the first winemakers in Burgundy to allow other plants to grow in between the rows of vines to encourage the roots of the vines to burrow deeper into the soil, in order to find water and nutrients. The Ampeaus were among the first to harvest by machine but quality does not seem to have suffered.
Region: Blagny, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir