A Tale of Two Dynamite 1996 Burgundies

These two wines from 1996 wines are gems from Burgundy Producer Robert Ampeau.  Ampeau’s cellars are known for being extremely cold and dark.  The wines evolve at a glacial pace and are beautiful Burgundies that are seldom seen.  I’ve been fortunate enough to taste these two recently as they just arrived here at the store.
1996 Robert Ampeau et Fils Puligny-Montrachet, 1er Cru Les Combottes
White flower, honey suckle, minerals and rich orchard fruits are all there on the nose.  On the palate, layers of citrus fruits and minerals wrap around spice notes with a hint of smoke, leading to a rich, sappy and brooding finish that is luscious.  This has that beautiful texture that only comes with age with beaming, fresh acidity.  This is an absolutely stunning bottle of white that is just entering its peak drinking window.  Now to 2020+ (if you can keep your hands off).
Note: this needs to be open for thirty minutes before drinking to really open up- a decant is great too but not as important as the time open.
1996 Robert Ampeau Volnay 1er Cru Santenots
Deep red and darker fruits are accented by floral notes, clove and cinnamon aromas.  On the palate, the deep fruit is framed by stone, turned earth and spice; the texture is beautiful.  The finishes shows mineral and earth-infused fruit vying for attention with a hint of exotic spice lurking in the background.  This is beautiful and has plenty of life ahead still.  This is wonderful red Burgundy and an excellent example of an aged Volnay Santenots.  Now to 2025 is my window on this.
Note: this benefits from 30 minutes to one hour in a decanter.
I have been waiting all year to finally get these here.  I am thrilled with them both qualitatively and they’re not just intellectual wines- they provide ample pleasure on their own and shine on the table with food.

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