Veuve Ambal Crémant de Bourgogne
The Maison Veuve Ambal was founded in the heart of the Burgundy wine-growing region. Following the death of her husband a successful and prominent Parisian banker, Marie Ambal returned to her native Rully, a small village in the heart of Burgundy. Around this time saw the beginnings of the Champagne method, Marie taking an interest in this created her own Maison in 1898.
Marie, produced both red and white high-quality champagne-method sparkling wines. Following her death in 1929, her grandson Charles Roux-Ambal took over the business, he was barely twenty years old. Charles spent sixty years at the helm of the company before passing the baton in 1988 to current managing director his grandson, Eric Piffaut. Eric greatly expanded the business, while under his leadership, Veuve Ambal became the largest producer of Crémant in Burgundy and has received multiple industry awards.
Owning four estates representing an area of 200 hectares, it is one of the Burgundy regions biggest wine owners. It produces a large variety of white and rosé Crémants de Bourgogne as well as sparkling wines. Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé, Crémant Bourgogne Blanc.
In 2005 the Maison moved from its original cellars in Rully to Montagny-les-Beaune, to be closer to Beaune, the Burgundy wine capital, here Veuve Ambal opened its state of the art production facility. Open to the public all year round, visitors are guided through the process of creating a Crémant de Bourgogne step by step, from grape pressing to exporting the finished product.
The tour gives a very detailed insight into modern wine production and the process is thoroughly explained while you’re looking at the real action. It takes place on balconies overlooking the various production areas of the factory and an excellent audio guided tour is provided in various languages.
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We ended our visit in the shop with a tasting of these three Crémant de Bourgogne.
The modern commercial operation at Veuve Ambal is in contrast to the more traditional wineries found in the Burgundy region. However, it is this contrasting perspective exactly what makes this tour so interesting and unique.