Alex Gambal New Releases

When Alex Gambal started his negociant business in Beaune in 1997, people said, “you’re going to make American-style wines!” Alex had different intentions, as he had learnt from some of the most celebrated names in Burgundy, “they were the aegis of what I wanted to make.” Alex became the first non-Frenchman to purchase vines in the Grand Cru of Montrachet back in 2011. Now his holdings, which are all farmed biodynamically, are spread across 12 hectares and more than 30 different appellations.

Alexandre Brault, Alex Gambal's right hand, during our tasting in May 2018

 

“I visited the Domaine in May 2018 during one of the busiest periods for all wine growers. We tasted through his range and all wines displayed bright, aromatic, fresh characters; concentrated but with a ‘drink now’ approachability. This commitment to vineyard management, along with an unforced approach to winery practices, make Gambal’s wines a reliable and rewarding domaine to drink.”

Julia W.

 

“Maison Alex Gambal is progressively transforming into a domaine because of 2015, 2/3 of its certified bio production was form domaine-sourced fruit. The owned vineyards now total about 12ha and stretch from Nuits to Chassagnes and the goal is to continue to add parcels such that ultimately, 80% of the production comes from owned vineyards…(2015) Ripeness levels, sugars and acidity were all extremely good, in fact sufficiently so that we used some whole cluster vinification for some of the reds. Yields though were not especially abundant as the flowering was troubled, particularly for the pinot, so it would be fair to describe them as limited. We like both the reds and the whites quite a lot and in particular the reds as they should age well yet be approachable young.” I was favourably impressed with the quality that I found here for the 2015 vintage…”

 

 Burghound issue 66 | 2017

 

The greater Burgundy region

 

2015 Bourgogne Blanc

Showing a crystalline yellow colour and golden tints, this 2015 Burgundy gives floral scents and reveals surprising freshness for this warm vintage. Superb freshness is confirmed on the palate with a lively first taste highlighting citrus flavours. With a pure, long, persistent style, this fresh wine that is easy to enjoy when young, will be an ideal accompaniment to aperitifs, as well as more elaborate dishes. Service temperature: between 11 and 13°C.

2015 Saint-Aubin

It shows a pale yellow hue with green tinges. Very expressive and powerful aromas will charm you with floral and citrus scents. On the palate, this impression is heightened by a lively first taste with superb freshness enhancing the citrus hint, and also giving marvellous length. This wine’s style is pure, it is long and persistent. Aging potential: 2017-2022. Service temperature: between 11 and 13°C.

2015 Saint-Romain Blanc (Estate)

With a crystalline pale yellow colour and greenish tinges, exuding hints of citrus and flint, this Saint-Romain 2015 has exceptional freshness for this vintage. On the palate, this freshness is heightened by a lively, light first taste enhancing its minerality. With a pure style, this fresh, long wine, very enjoyable when young, will accompany your aperitifs as well as more elaborate dishes. Aging potential: 2017-2022. Service temperature: between 11 and 13°C.

2015 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly

It has a golden yellow hue with green tints. Very expressive and complex on the nose, this wine will delight you with its scents of white flowers, honey and a touch of flint. It is lively, with superb freshness on a first taste that enhances the elegance and good balance of this wine. Aging potential: 2018-2025 Service temperature: between 11 and 13°C

2015 Chassagne-Montrachet

It has a golden yellow hue and green tinges. Fresh, expressive aromas will charm you with floral scents and hints of citrus. Pure on the palate, its first taste is fresh, mingling flavours of fruit, flowers and pleasantly discreet woody hints. The lively finish adds superb length and a touch of salinity to this wine. Service temperature: between 11 and 13°C.

2015 Puligny-Montrachet

It has a pale yellow hue and green tints. Very expressive and complex aromas, it will delight you with scents of white flowers and citrus. This impression is heightened on the palate with a lively first taste enhancing the citrus and hints of lemon and grapefruit. This wine has a pure style and gives magnificent length on the palate. Aging potential: 2018-2024. Service temperature: between 11 and 13°C.

2015 Saint-Romain Rouge (Estate)

Showing a radiant ruby-red hue, this wine reveals lively aromas, powerful scents of red fruit and a delicate touch of violet. Fresh and fine on the palate, it feels elegant and opulent. Freshness from the first taste to the warm finish, you dip in and bite into fruit with great pleasure. Aging potential: 2017-2022. Service temperature: between 15 and 16°C.

 

 

2015 Volnay (Estate)

With a vivid ruby hue and purple tints, this wine reveals aromas mingling scents of violet, blackberry, cherry and spicy hints. It is complex, delicate and elegant on the palate. Very fresh and stylish, this wine is warm on the finish and reveals a flavour of ripe fruit. The feminine style of this Volnay goes hand in hand with tremendously powerful aromas, which will enable it to be savoured when young, but also after a few years of patient aging. Service temperature: between 15 and 16°C.

 

 

 

2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 

It shows a radiant, dark ruby hue. The concentrated, intense, delicate and elegant nose exudes aromas of small red fruit and spices. On the palate, the wine also reveals itself with delicacy; it is fresh and well-balanced with a lot of complexity. With such impressive structure, this wine is unquestionably perfect for aging. Aging potential: 2017-2025. Service temperature: between 15 and 16°C.

 

 

 

2015 Vosne-Romanée

With a ruby-red hue and purple tints, this wine reveals a nose with powerful aromas of red fruits and violet. It is well-balanced and fresh on the palate. This wellstructured wine is both powerful and fresh; its tannins are particularly elegant. This Vosne-Romanée will develop and gain in complexity over the years. Service temperature: between 15 and 16°C.