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Maison Alex Gambal Echezeaux 2009,  (BH91-94) from The BPW - Merchants of rare and fine wines.

Maison Alex Gambal Echezeaux

Vintage: 2009
Region: France--Burgundy--Red
Appellation: Flagey Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits

BH91-94
Rated 91-94 points by the Burghound: `Relatively heavy reduction knocks down the nose though the rich, full-bodied and serious flavors possess good verve, volume and phenolic maturity as well as impressive breadth and depth on the extract-rich finish. Based on the apparent quality of the underlying material, this should be excellent in time.`Additional Notes from the Burghound: `Alex Gambal described 2009 as `one of those really rare years where all kinds of fruit were uniformly ripe at the same time. This was true for cherries, tomatoes, pumpkins, peaches and apricots. Mother Nature sometimes gives you perfect fruit and it was the same with our grapes. We began picking on the 10th of September and the fruit that we harvested is the most beautiful that I have ever seen. There were almost no sorting losses and potential alcohols were in the 12.5 to 13.5% range, which is completely acceptable. Yields were normal in white and a bit higher in red. Interestingly, the skins in 2009 were riper than those of 2005 but the seeds were riper in 2005. Another aspect that I found remarkable was that the grapes tasted like grape bubble gum, which I have never seen before either. Normally when you chew the grapes, there is a burst of flavor and then it`s quickly finished. But in 2009 when you did that, the flavors lasted and lasted. During the vinification, the colors came easily but the trick was not to over extract as the skins were loaded with tannins due to their thickness. As such, we did not push the extraction too much and didn`t beat up the skins. The total cuvaison was between 28 and 30 days, which is slightly shorter than what I used in 2005. Another aspect that surprised me somewhat is how much weight the wines put on during their elevage as they were already well concentrated. Analytically, the tannins in `09 resemble those of 1990, which can only be a positive sign. Overall, it`s hard to see how the ?09s can be anything but hugely popular as they offer much to admire and without the youthful austerity of their `05 counterparts.` I have to agree with Gambal that his ?09s should attract plenty of attention as these are the best reds from him that I have tasted since 1996. In other news Gambal and a group of investors have succeeded in acquiring parcels in Batard-Montrachet (on the Chassagne side), the gifted Puligny villages of Enseigneres and a bit of Chassagne villages; there will be more details in Issue 43 but this is obviously very promising.`


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Maison Alex Gambal Echezeaux

Vintage: 2009
Region: France--Burgundy--Red
Appellation: Flagey Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits

BH91-94
Rated 91-94 points by the Burghound: `Relatively heavy reduction knocks down the nose though the rich, full-bodied and serious flavors possess good verve, volume and phenolic maturity as well as impressive breadth and depth on the extract-rich finish. Based on the apparent quality of the underlying material, this should be excellent in time.`Additional Notes from the Burghound: `Alex Gambal described 2009 as `one of those really rare years where all kinds of fruit were uniformly ripe at the same time. This was true for cherries, tomatoes, pumpkins, peaches and apricots. Mother Nature sometimes gives you perfect fruit and it was the same with our grapes. We began picking on the 10th of September and the fruit that we harvested is the most beautiful that I have ever seen. There were almost no sorting losses and potential alcohols were in the 12.5 to 13.5% range, which is completely acceptable. Yields were normal in white and a bit higher in red. Interestingly, the skins in 2009 were riper than those of 2005 but the seeds were riper in 2005. Another aspect that I found remarkable was that the grapes tasted like grape bubble gum, which I have never seen before either. Normally when you chew the grapes, there is a burst of flavor and then it`s quickly finished. But in 2009 when you did that, the flavors lasted and lasted. During the vinification, the colors came easily but the trick was not to over extract as the skins were loaded with tannins due to their thickness. As such, we did not push the extraction too much and didn`t beat up the skins. The total cuvaison was between 28 and 30 days, which is slightly shorter than what I used in 2005. Another aspect that surprised me somewhat is how much weight the wines put on during their elevage as they were already well concentrated. Analytically, the tannins in `09 resemble those of 1990, which can only be a positive sign. Overall, it`s hard to see how the ?09s can be anything but hugely popular as they offer much to admire and without the youthful austerity of their `05 counterparts.` I have to agree with Gambal that his ?09s should attract plenty of attention as these are the best reds from him that I have tasted since 1996. In other news Gambal and a group of investors have succeeded in acquiring parcels in Batard-Montrachet (on the Chassagne side), the gifted Puligny villages of Enseigneres and a bit of Chassagne villages; there will be more details in Issue 43 but this is obviously very promising.`


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