2007 Alex Gambal Bourgogne Chardonnay "Cuvee Prestige" (Elsewhere $30)

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Allen Meadows rates this as "Outstanding Top value!", and writes: "A discreet touch of wood frames slightly riper aromas of acacia blossom, lemon zest and a hint of anise that is also reflected by the slightly richer and fuller-bodied flavors that are supported by good acidity and excellent depth and length on the dry and tangy finish. This easily delivers villages level quality plus it will age. It would make a terrific choice as a house white or by-the-glass restaurant wine. Highly recommended. Drink 2012+" This charming blend comes from Puligny Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay and Magny les Villiers in Haute Cotes de Beaune, an area planted by monks in the 11th century it is Alex's top-level Bourgogne Blanc, and is barrel fermented in the traditional method, on the lees ,in Burgundian barriques. About 20% of the barrels are new oak, to give a gentle creaminess, without overwhelming the wine. Alex writes: "The wine has depth of fruit and a underlying power and a spiciness that one sometimes finds in Savigny Les Beaune whites, that brings it to the level of a village wine." Thanks to a direct purchase, K&L is able to offer this at a most attractive price. Our notes: "Showing pretty fruit on the entry, with some toasty oak. Very nice thread of minerality. Shows some development and just hint of caramel at the finish. After an hour or two open, with dinner it showed very well, indeed, ready to drink and delicious. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer 06/11)

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By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/30/2011  | Send Email
This is white Burgundy for everyone, who likes white wines, whether you prefer big CA Chardonnay or crisp mineral laden Chablis. This is a wine of surprising richness, freshness and good length. Only 20% of the barrels used in the cuvee were new, just giving just a hint of creaminess and just a touch of spice. On the palate the fruit profile ranges from yellow fruits to citrus with peppered with a floral hint. This is great for any occasion, as a cocktail or to pair with dinner.

 By: AndyG |  Review Date: 11/26/2011 
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Maybe the fruit is starting to fade, as I taste mostly wood.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Alcohol Content (%): 13