AMI (French), in English, means friend. The winery is a collaboration between Paul Perarnau & Willy Roulendes, two friends with great chemistry back when they both worked at Clos du Moulin aux Moines in Auxey-Durresses. Paul later decided to move to Provence to work at Domaine Hauvette, while Willy wanted to stay at Clos du Moulin aux Moines, where he is today the head winemaker. However, they soon realised something important was missing in their lives. Therefore, they decided to join ventures to be able to work together again and to keep their friendship alive. AMI was born, and its first vintage was released in 2014.
Paul is the farmer, a great blind taster, a man with immense energy and vitality. He has a unique perspective on the regions and terroirs of Burgundy and a deep understanding of their vines. His passion for wines of character led him to work with talented winemakers such as Dominique Hauvette and our beloved Oronce de Beler.
Willy is the winemaker, a man with a great sense of humour. After working at Domaine De Montille, he took care of wines from Clos du Moulin aux Moines in Auxey-Durresses. With these precious experiences, he gained a deep knowledge of the terroirs of the Côte de Beaune. For him, Ami is the opportunity to let burst a bubble of madness.
They only craft wines using healthy organic or biodynamic grapes and working naturally in the cellar. The wines reflect the personalities of how Paul & Willy are, energetic yet welcoming, affordable but don’t lack the substance, absolutely delicious burgundies we love.
The wines see no new oak, no additives, natural yeast, unfined, unfiltered, no sulphur during fermentation, and only minimal added before bottling. The reds are always in whole bunch fermentation and no battonage (lees stirring) for the whites.