Alex Gambal Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Argillieres Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
Alex Gambal Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Argillieres Premier Cru 2017  Front Label

Alex Gambal Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Argillieres Premier Cru 2017

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750ML / 12.5% ABV
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750ML / 12.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

With a ruby-red hue and purple tints, on the nose this wine reveals strong aromas of red fruit and a touch of violet. It is well-balanced and fresh on the palate. Overall elegant with good structure, the tannins are perceptible, but silky. You will be surprised by the sensation this wine gives of biting into fruit, which absolutely reveals the qualities of Pinot Noir.

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D 93
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Alex Gambal is increasingly focussed on domaine wines, which is to our benefit when they are as good as this Nuits from a premier cru located on steep clay and limestone slopes next to the Clos de l'Arlot. One-third new wood and 40% whole bunches add complexity to this textured, spicy, finely balanced red that finishes on a chalky note.
BH 92
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Once again the nose is really very pretty with high-toned and elegant aromas of cool plum, spice and soft earth wisps. The refined mouth feel, indeed the medium weight flavors are almost polished along with a lovely salinity though the ever-so-mildly rustic finish reminds one that this is still a Nuits. I quite like this.
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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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Inhabiting the bottom end of the northern half of the Côte d’Or, Nuits-St-Georges is a busy, market-driven town and home to many of Burgundy’s negociants. It is also the largest town in the Côte d’Or after Beaune and contributes "nuits" to the name of Côte de Nuits (i.e., the northern half of the Côte d’Or).

The appellation itself is divided into two parts, where in the north it directly borders Vosne-Romanée, the southerly end is the commune of Prémeaux. There are no Grands Crus in this village, though it does have a large number of Premiers Crus.

The best Nuits-St-Georges Pinot Noir are layered with cherry, plum, underbrush and sandalwood. The fruit is sweet, the wine energetic, and the finish long and lush.

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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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