Here’s a nice comparison!
2008 Alex Gambal, Bourgogne Blanc
There is a slightly more obvious whiff of oak toast on the nose than I remember than from the previous 12 bottles(!) though it remains an accent rather than a dominant tone; round and inviting the aromas remain. In the mouth also quite round with a late arriving, mouth-watering lick of acidity then the subtle extra dimension of fruit that has made this wine a standout chez nous. Still in a lovely place.
Rebuy – of-course
2008 Buisson-Charles, Meursault 1er Les Cras
The nose has less depth, but significantly more width and complexity; initially perhaps a higher-toned hint of mint amongst warm, green leaves and a tight core of fruit. Wow, a narrower entry than the Bourgogne, but waxy smooth before opening – w i d e – and growing and growing in the very impressive mid-palate with a super-tasty, slightly creamy agrumes flavour. The finish is about pure mineral and it’s very long. It’s a beauty.
Rebuy – Yes
Of-course the Buisson-Charles is at least three times the price of the Gambal, but here’s why; the Gambal lubricates your evening conversation with round yet crisp, pretty and clean flavours, the Buisson-Charles becomes your conversation!