Anyone who has had the fortune of visiting the Amiot-Servelle family in Chambolle-Musigny over the years has likely experienced feeling taken aback by the impressive leaps this Domaine has taken. At no point is this more apparent than looking past the eco-friendly green roof of their new modern winery, and into the vineyards of Chambolle in the background. A bullish feeling continues throughout the visit, concluding in a well-stocked cellar of 2023s, and many big smiles from Antoine Amiot-Servlle himself.
Domaine Amiot-Servelle traces its origin back to the 1920s, culminating in two families from Chambolle-Musigny and Morey-St-Denis coming together in 1980 to consolidate these robust appellation holdings. It wasn’t until 1989 when Christian Amiot and Elisabeth Servelle took over that Amiot-Servelle was officially born. Their daughter, Prune, obtained her diploma in Oenology and soaked up experience around France, while Antoine, their son, graduated with a master’s in Wine Management, and a degree in Winemaking & Viticulture. Both returned to the Domaine by 2017 to drive their family’s history into the future. The 2020 vintage marked a passing of the torch as Antoine and Prune took over management of the family Domaine.
Since 2003, Amiot-Servelle have followed organic practices. In 2008, Amiot-Servelle obtained organic certification. Their intent has always been to treat the vineyard with respect to obtain top quality fruit, which Antoine has continued to hammer home. With a recent acquisition of one hectare from their father’s family, the Domaine today is made up of eight hectares across three major Côte de Nuits appellations: Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-Saint-Denis, and most notably Chambolle-Musigny. Their flagship plots are Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru, Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru, and Chambolle-Musigny 1er ‘Les Amoureuses.’ Moreover, they boast many of Chambolle’s classics like 1er ‘Les Fuées’ and ‘Les Feusselottes,’ along with some overlooked vineyards, including 1er ‘Les Borniques’ and ‘Les Bas-Doix.’
Beginning with the 2022 vintage, this dynamic winemaking duo maintain a state-of-the-art winery to work in, learning that there can never be too much space, says Antoine. The barrels, once double and even triple-stacked, are now stacked only one or two high thanks to an abundance of room, allowing them to hold vintages back for later releases—far from what existed before in the cellar. Functionally is key with the new winery, from their large trailer-size fridge for storing grapes, to the natural cooling of the building, or their ability to work 100% by gravity. The juice has been worth the squeeze for Antoine and Prune, as the wines are rapidly improving. The sky truly is the limit for Amiot-Servelle with this increasingly robust foundation empowering Antoine and Prune to focus on more thoughtful, higher quality winemaking.