Alex Gambal, Bourgogne Blanc (Burgundy, France) 2014

($25): The 2014 vintage for whites in Burgundy across appellations is exceptional, ranking with 2010 and 2008.  The across-the-board quality is a boon for consumers because even wines from the lowliest appellations from top producers, such as Alex Gambal’s Bourgogne Blanc, shine.  Gambal, an American who started in Burgundy about 20 years ago, both owns vineyards — even a parcel of the famed Bâtard-Montrachet — and buy grapes from his neighbors and colleagues.  His 2014 Bourgogne Blanc has more depth and intrigue than you’d expect at the price. It’s classic white Burgundy with mineral-infused flavors and vivacity.  If you’re looking for big California Chardonnay, look elsewhere.  But for classic white Burgundy, look no further.
91 Michael Apstein Feb 14, 2017