mon bulk vin du maison – alex gambal’s 2006-2008s scrutinised



Back home and ready for a drink!

Given that I had almost finished my case of Alex Gambal’s 2006 Bourgogne Chardonnay, I decided to stock-up before I left Beaune and bought 6 each of the 2007 and 2008 version. A couple of friends were coming around, so what better time to open all three and see what everyone else thought. Actually at pick-up time Alex was making a tasting ot 09 barrels with some people I knew, so I joined for a while – that made it a lucky 13 tastings this week!

Anyway, to the wines: the 2006 was it’s usual balanced self; easily fresh enough with a very good inner density, quite Chassagne-like. The 2007 was higher-toned, a fresher agrumes and grapefruit nose. The palate is clearly more acidic and refreshing – not acidic enough to be ‘bracing’ but veering towards being more of an aperitif drink – clean and pretty. The 2008 had a similar level of acidity to the 2007, but it was wrapped with an extra richness and sweet edge to the fruit – very nice indeed.

The friends each chose 2006 and 2008 as their favourites and while they drank those I stayed with the 2007 – see it doesn’t have to be an aperitif! I think the 2008 also gets the ‘coup de coeur’ from me – not that I’ll forget my summer-long affair with the 2006 😉
Rebuy – Yes – All of them…

PS I forgot to tell Alex that I drank a bottle of his 2007 Fixin in the Bistro Bourguingone in Beaune – perhaps a bit more savoury flavoured than my own taste but we didn’t leave the restaurant until we’d finished the bottle 🙂

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