Profile of Alex Gambal

In a region as rooted in historical tradition as Burgundy, Alex Gambal is something of an anathema – an outsider who instead of inheriting his business and vineyards from older generations, started from scratch. Originally from Washington DC, Gambal left behind a lucrative career in real estate to pursue his dream of producing superlative Burgundy, a dream that has now been realized. For although Gambal is a newcomer in a region dominated by household names and businesses that span the generations, his wines are nonetheless some of the most exciting, original and stylish to emerge from the region in recent times.

Gambal arrived in Burgundy in 1993, driven simply by his lifelong passion for the area’s wines, traditions, culture, and gastronomy. At first, Gambal did not intend to stay more than a few months, but an encounter with fellow American wine broker Becky Wasserman changed all that. She encouraged him and his family to stay and find work in the region. Then, after a year studying winemaking and viticulture in the wine school in Beaune, Gambal decided to take the plunge and establish his own négociant-éleveur business in 1997.

Initially, Gambal used his négociant business to buy in wines from other producers, but today over 90% of the production is made in house. Working with winemaker Fabrice Laronze for 10 years, Maison Gambal soon developed a reputation as one of the region’s most dynamic and worthwhile newcomers. Laronze has since left to pursue his goal of running his own estate, but the quality has certainly not suffered despite his absence.

Today, this dynamic Beaune-based Negociant continues to produce an impressive range of modern, fruit-rich wines with a healthy but never excessive dose of new oak. At the heart of Gambal’s approach is a dedication to expressing each individual terroir fully, for as he is fond of saying: ‘There are no great wines without great grapes.’ This comes shining through in his wines, particularly the Grand Crus which have energy and zip about them, an inimitable style and precision, yet they are still indicative of their unique terroir. An example for other newcomers to follow, Alex Gambal is a truly extraordinary visionary and winemaker indeed!

Wines produced

  • Alex Gambal Bourgogne Chardonnay Cuvee Prestige

    100% Chardonnay. The wine is fermented in barrel and left to age on 20% new oak on its lees for a period of between 10-16 months.

  • Alex Gambal Bourgogne Pinot Noir cuvee les deux Papis

    100% Pinot Noir. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks, following a pre-maceration (cold) of 5-8 days. The wine is then aged in 25% new oak on its fine lees for a period of 10-16 months.

  • Alex Gambal Chambolle Musigny

    100% Pinot Noir. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks, following a pre-maceration (cold) of 5-8 days. The wine is then aged in 25% new oak on its fine lees for a period of 10-16 months.

  • Alex Gambal Chambolle Musigny Les Charmes (Premier Cru)

    100% Pinot Noir. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks, following a pre-maceration (cold) of 5-8 days. The wine is then aged in 66% new oak on its fine lees for a period of 10-16 months. Approachable on release, the wine will benefit from cellaring.

  • Alex Gambal Chassagne Montrachet Clos St. Jean (Premier Cru)

    100% Chardonnay. The wine is fermented in barrel and left to age on 30% new oak on its lees for a period of between 10-16 months.

  • Alex Gambal Clos Vougeot (Grand Cru)

    100% Pinot Noir. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks, following a pre-maceration (cold) of 5-8 days. The wine is then aged in 60% new oak on its fine lees for a period of 10-16 months. The wine will benefit from extended cellaring.

  • Alex Gambal Corton Charlemagne (Grand Cru)

    100% Chardonnay. The wine is fermented in barrel and left to age on 50% new oak on its lees for a period of between 10-16 months. The prestige white wine of the property, capable of extended ageing.

Winery details

Alex Gambal

14 bd Jules Ferry, 21200
Beaune
France
Tel +34 (03) 80 22 75 81
Fax +34 (03) 80 22 21 66

Appellation
AOC Beaune (location of headquarters – Gambal owns vineyards in several appellations)
Founded
1997
Area under vine
2.5 hectares (owned)
Age of vines
30 years+ Low yields
Oak barrel origin
French Barriques
Winemaker
Alex Gambal
Owner
Alex Gambal
Production
Approximately 60,000 bottles per year depending on the vintage
Grape varietals
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

More information

If you would like us to customize an exclusive, luxury tour for you, get in touch with us and let us know your travel plans. We offer luxury food and wine tours for private groups of minimum 2 guests. All of our private, chauffeured tours are available year round upon request.

Contact us for your personalized quote!
Cellar Tours Private Luxury Food & Wine Tours

Cellar Tours

Cellar Tours is a Luxury Travel Specialist, operating since 2003 and offering exclusive Mercedes chauffeured Gourmet Vacations in Chile, France, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, South Africa, and Spain. We specialize in luxurious custom designed vacations, events and incentives related to food and wine. We are proud members of Slow Food, UNAV (Travel Agency Association in Spain), and the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals).

Recommended by