Alex Gambal arrived to France in 1993 from the United States. Shortly after, he founded “Maison Alex Gambal” in 1997. It took a mere 20 years for the Domaine to build its astounding reputation in Burgundy, making it one of the region’s finest family-made wines.
Between Morey-Saint-Denis to the North and Vougeot to the South, the winegrowing area of Chambolle-Musigny stands at the end of an anticlinal valley, which has scattered its scree and colluvium for the delight of Pinot Noir. This grape variety is known here for producing the most “feminine” red wines of the Côte-de-Nuits. This small winegrowing area counts 2 Grands Crus and 24 Premiers Crus.
The plot named “Les Charmes” is located on the Southern part of the Côte, adjoining Vougeot. The vines are on average 50 years old, certified organic and yield 32 hl/ ha. The plot is east facing, planted on clay-limestone soils.
The fruit is hand harvested, sorted and retain 30% wholecluster grapes. The vinification begins in small wooden conical, truncated vats. Alcoholic fermentation is natural, and light cap management is regulary executed. After 14 days, the wine is transferred to oak barrels via gravity flow where it will mature in barrel for 17 months.
Les Charmes shows finess and delicacy. Ruby colors and purple tinges present a nose of violet, pepper and red fruit. The palate is long and rich with supple tanning.
This well pair harmoniously with a poached salmon or roast beef tenderloin.