gambal’s bâtard…


You might remember my “alex gambal buys 5 hectares – or does he…”, note from December. Things were not exactly as reported by Clive, so Alex said he’d come back to me when everything was ‘sorted out’. Here’s his news-release:

Dear Bill,

It is official as of Wednesday AM and I wanted you to have accurate information on my acquisition of Batard, Puligny and Chassagne vineyards. Also, here are photos from the first day’s work.

Please let me know if you need any further information.


Gambal acquires Grand Cru Vineyard Batard-Montrachet
First American in history to purchase vines in the Grand Cru Montrachets.

March 2, 2011

Burgundy, Cote D’Or, France: Alex Gambal, a successful American winemaker in Burgundy, and owner of Domaine Gambal, announced today that he has acquired vines in the Grand-Cru Vineyard Batard-Montrachet. He becomes the first non Frenchman in history to purchase vines in this storied area.

Gambal put under contract Domaine Brenot of Santenay, consisting of 3.5 hectares of vines in Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay in Fall, 2010. The seller, Philippe Brenot, was Gambal’s professor at the wine school in Beaune from 1996-1997. The parcels of Batard-Montrachet had been in the Brenot’s family for many generations. One parcel was given to Philip Brenot’s grandfather as a payment for medical services early in the 20th century.

The Batard-Montrachet parcels total .3744 of a hectare (~.92 of an acre) and can produce a maximum of ~ 7 1/2 barrels of wine (187 cases). The Batard consists of four parcels, three of which lie in the upper part of Batard that is considered the best or “Premiere Classe” according to the 1860 classifications, called “Les Batards Montrachet.” Gambal kept two of these parcels that equal to a bit less than one half of the surface area and will make 75-85 cases a year.

The parcel of Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseigineres is classified a village wine but because of its excellence it is often referred to as “Baby Batard.” The vineyard covers .3020 of a hectare (~.75 of an acre) and can produce ~ 7 barrels (175 cases).

The Chassagne-Montrachet vineyard “L’Ormeau” has a surface of .1299 of a hectare (~ 1/3 of an acre) and will produce 3 barrels (75 cases).

Also acquired was a house on the square in Santenay that will be turned into a guest and rental residence.

Gambal’s vineyards now total 3.4 hectares (8.4 acres) and include an old vine vineyard in Savigny-les-Beaune that was recently acquired under a long term lease. All of Gambal’s vines are farmed biodynamically and will be certified “AB” after the three-year certification process.

For more information, contact Alex Gambal at:

Alex Gambal
14 blvd Jules Ferry
21200 Beaune
Cote D’Or, France

(33) 03 80 22 75 81
(33) 03 80 22 21 66 FAX

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