Ampeleia was established in 2002 by three friends, Elisabetta Foradori, Thomas Widmann, and Giovanni Podini, they envisioned simple, quaffable wines that represent the unique land parcels that they purchased which where far away from one another and located at different heights to create diversity among the grapes grown.
Several different varieties are grown, thanks to the variety of the land, including Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Alicante, Carignan, Grenache and Mourvedre, and more. The Unlitro, which was named perfectly after its unique 1 liter bottle, was created as an every day gentle drinker that accompanies the emblematic food of the region. 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre, the wine sips beautifully with hints of cherries soaked in brandy, red roses and juniper while the gentle tannins finish to a medium finish. A definite crowd pleaser.
Domaine Jean-Marc Pavelot
Savigny Les Beaune Village 2012
Domaine Pavelot is based in the village of Savigny-les-Beaune, just below the hill of Corton just north of Beaune in the center of the Cote d’Or. Their wines showing a remarkable purity of fruit and an unmistakable “sense of place” – they make Burgundy wines through and through, there’s just something different about traditional Burgundy that separates it from Pinot Noirs produced anywhere else. This elegant and understated wine also somehow contains an exuberant richness and fruit at the same time – it comes from vineyards which are farmed organically and worked by hand. A great introduction to a great domaine.