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Alex Gambal Echezeaux Grand Cru 2005

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Winemaker Notes

In order to achieve the highest quality, Alex Gambal makes and bottles their wines in the great tradition of Burgundy. They bottle by gravity, using a minimum amount of sulfur and avoid filtering and fining when possible. The wine with aging will form a light natural sediment - you might prefer to leave the bottle upright 3-4 hours prior to serving.

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Gambal has three barrels (one new) – from vines planted in 1945 in the prime, “du Dessus”sector – of 2005 Echezeaux. Scents of candied raspberries and strawberries, horehound, and tar segue into a palate of intensely ripe berry fruit, raw meat, charred wood smokiness, and a glossy, glycerin-rich feel to help ameliorate its ample tannins. This rich, sultry (newly-bottled) wine preserves invigorating fresh fruit acids and possesses a firm, fine-grained structure, both typical of the vintage at its best.
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THE MOVE: In 1991-1992, I began to explore the possibility of living abroad for a year or two while our children were young. We had become interested in wine and it had become our major avocation.

In May 1993, my family and I moved to Burgundy, France to take a year off to work with and help manage a small wine export company based in Beaune, France. Our goal was simply to take a year's sabbatical from Washington but we hoped that if we and the children were content we might stay longer. We moved to a small village of 150 people just outside Beaune, in the center of Burgundy, put the children in French schools, and four years later we looked back on a wonderful experience that changed our lives.

FIRST STEPS IN BURGUNDY: When we arrived in 1993 the wine business was in the dumps because of the world recession and a glut of fine wine. As we worked our way through the recession I was able to taste a variety of old, young and great wines with some of the greatest winemakers in the world. In addition, because we lived, worked and had our children in French schools, we were not perceived as tourists and were welcomed into the hidden Burgundy as parents and friends. And thus had a unique and wonderful experience.

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Flagey-Echezeaux Wine

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Claiming the two famous Grand Crus, Echezeaux and Grands Echezeaux, the identity of this village, Flagey-Echezeaux, rides predominantly on the glory of those two crus. All of the village or Premier Cru status vineyards in Flagey-Echezeaux market themselves under the name of their neighbor, Vosne-Romanée.

Echezeaux Pinot noir tends be light, bright and full of finesse, whereas those of Grands Echezeaux typically have more heft and complexity.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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