Actually the ‘early bottled’ 2007’s of Alex Gambal which were bottled in September. The remaining cuvées will be re-tasted for racking during the first week of December and eventually bottling at the end of January or beginning of February. Unfortunately the Amoureuses is gone for both 2007 and 2008 vintage as the supplier’s yields were so low:
Bought from the same supplier ‘sur pied’ – they do all the vineyard work and decide when to pick – since 1999. Pale colour. Good depth with faint brioche. Wide and acidity-driven – will need to soften in bottle, but the track record here shows that they do. Mineral and fresh – unlike other Côte de Nuits whites. Very moreish.
Picked a full 10 days later than the grower wanted, gaining 1.5° – still ‘only’ 12° when harvested! Starts just a little diffuse but belowis both width and depth. Good concentration, again slightly bright acidity but very good length is driven by it. Another clean and characterful wine that will need some bottle time.
Focused, fresh nose that’s currently quite narrow but goes deep. Lovely forward acidity and and mouthwatering flavours – spotlessly clean with a nice finish. A perennial purchase.
A wide and forward pure pinot nose. Good texture and excellent acidity – real extra flavour dimension in the mid-palate that lasts well into the finish. A first class regional.
Medium colour. This is a little more concentrated on the nose, fine with darker fruit. Fine tannin on the entry and again a good extra dimension of flavour on the mid-palate. Despite an extra width of concentration this is just a little more discrete than the bourgogne, but perfectly balanced.