Making quality wine from all of Burgundy, no matter the appellation, have always been Alex’s goals.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE BURGUNDY?

 

Alex Gambal

“In 1990, I was in Washington, DC with some friends and they opened a magnum of Musigny 1947 and it was the greatest wine I had ever tasted and a turning point in my wine life.  I was considering leaving the real estate sector to do something completely different and the old world of Europe appealed to me because I loved wine.  With this wine, this Musigny, Burgundy choose me. In 1992 I met an exporter who needed assistance in her business and arrived in Beaune with my family in 1993.  Over the next three years I learned the wine export business, as well as viticulture from my vigneron friends, followed by a year at Beaune’s wine school.

HOW DID YOU START?

 

 Alex

“I didn’t own any vines so I began as a classic “negociant” or wine merchant: buying grapes and must, doing my own fermentations, barrel aging and bottling. In the beginning many said to me “You’re going to make American-style wines!” but it must be remembered that my training ground and reference was classic Burgundy from some of the most celebrated names in Burgundy, not America. My Burgundy friend’s wines were powerful and delicate at the same time: they were the aegis of what I wanted to make.”

— 1997 Vintage —

Saint-Aubin Premier Cru and Savigny-les-Beaune, Alex's first wines

DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR VERY FIRST WINES?

 

Alex

“There was a Saint-Aubin Les Murgers des Dents de Chien Premier Cru and a Savigny-les-Beaune Village, affordable appellations at that time.  I did the winemaking myself in 1998 and 1999 and was focused on preserving the fruitiness and distinctiveness of each appellation.  The Pinot Noir from Savigny had a very classic expression while with the Saint-Aubin, a premier cru neighbouring Montrachet, I was able to produce a wonderfully mineral Chardonnay with more delicacy than opulence.”

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Making quality wine from all of Burgundy, no matter the appellation, have always been Alex’s goals.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE BURGUNDY?

 

Alex Gambal

“In 1990, I was in Washington, DC with some friends and they opened a magnum of Musigny 1947 and it was the greatest wine I had ever tasted and a turning point in my wine life.  I was considering leaving the real estate sector to do something completely different and the old world of Europe appealed to me because I loved wine.  With this wine, this Musigny, Burgundy choose me. In 1992 I met an exporter who needed assistance in her business and arrived in Beaune with my family in 1993.  Over the next three years I learned the wine export business, as well as viticulture from my vigneron friends, followed by a year at Beaune’s wine school.

HOW DID YOU START?

 

 Alex

“I didn’t own any vines so I began as a classic “negociant” or wine merchant: buying grapes and must, doing my own fermentations, barrel aging and bottling. In the beginning many said to me “You’re going to make American-style wines!” but it must be remembered that my training ground and reference was classic Burgundy from some of the most celebrated names in Burgundy, not America. My Burgundy friend’s wines were powerful and delicate at the same time: they were the aegis of what I wanted to make.”

 

DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR VERY FIRST WINES?

 

Alex

“There was a Saint-Aubin Les Murgers des Dents de Chien Premier Cru and a Savigny-les-Beaune Village, affordable appellations at that time.  I did the winemaking myself in 1998 and 1999 and was focused on preserving the fruitiness and distinctiveness of each appellation.  The Pinot Noir from Savigny had a very classic expression while with the Saint-Aubin, a premier cru neighbouring Montrachet, I was able to produce a wonderfully mineral Chardonnay with more delicacy than opulence.”

— 1997 vintage —

Saint-Aubin Premier Cru

and Savigny-les-Beaune,

Alex's first wines