The drought and heatwave that struck Burgundy in July, August, and September of 2015 resulted in a low yield of ripe fruit and wines with considerable structure and power. Gambal harvested early in late August (as opposed to mid-September, as in most vintages) to preserve acidity.
Gambal’s winemaking is grounded in traditional Burgundian practice. This means that above all, fruit of the highest quality from healthy, diverse vineyards, is the focus. The vines are Certified Organic, but many techniques draw from biodynamic practice. His Chardonnay is hand-harvested, then gently whole-cluster pressed. The free run juice was collected and settled overnight, then transferred to old barrels by gravity for fermentation by ambient yeast. The finished wine aged sur-lie for 10 to 16 months before it was racked (just once) and bottled. Gambal’s cellar practices take a biodynamic approach too, with each activity following the phases of the moon and planets.
The 2015 is a new release that has yet to be reviewed. The 2014 received the following:
“New oak lends a toasty, smoky character to the peach, apple pie and underlying lemon flavors. You get a better sense of where this white is going on the taut, minerally finish and pastry aftertaste. Drink now through 2023. 220 cases made.”
91 points, Wine Spectator, Sept 2017
“The touches of wood in this wine are subtle and fragrant. With apple acidity and a crisp texture that balances the wood, the wine is ripe while totally fresh. It is likely to develop over the next few months. Drink from 2017.”
90 points, Wine Enthusiast, Oct 2016
“This is also quite expressive with its aromas of resin, pear, apple and fresh citrus. There is a lovely purity to the intense and beautifully delineated middle weight flavours that possess a succulent mouth feel on the balanced finish that is also clean, dry and very solidly complex. This is more refined than usual plus it offers excellent quality for a Chassagne villages. Recommended. 2020+”
89 points, burghound.com, June 2016