2010 Domaine Gerard Tremblay Chablis "Vieilles Vignes"

SKU #1095118 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright yellow. Deeper aromas of pit fruits, salt and honey. Gives a stronger impression of acidity and a drier impression than the basic village wine, with ripe stone fruit flavors lifted by a gingery nuance. Thicker and longer on the finish, conveying strong soil tones.  (8/ 2011)

K&L Notes

This cuvée is made from vines that are more than 40 years old. Most of the vines, in fact, were planted by Gerard's father in 1957. Compared to the regular Chablis, this has more concentration and is a bit more backwards and mineral-driven on the palate. This is terrific Chablis, with drive and energy, and worth putting down for a bit, or drinking now with a cracked crab. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer)

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By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/29/2012  | Send Email
If you are a lover of great Chablis then 2010 is cause for celebration. This vintage is one of the finest for white Burgundy to come along in some time. The 2010 Domaine Gerard Tremblay Chablis Vielles Vignes is superb villages-level wine to enjoy today or over the next few years. Dry and crisp in style with suprising depth and richness of texture that reveals its old vine character. Distinctly mineral in expression with classic notes of gunflint and fresh citrus. As the wine warms in the glass aromas of toasted hazelnuts emerge. This is unoaked Chardonnay at its unalloyed, exuberant best. And for less than $20, you can enjoy it every night of the week.

By: Adam Parry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/30/2012  | Send Email
This cuvee is made from vines that are more than 40 years old.This is just an amazing Chablis, with lots of zip and very mineral driven. Try this with a grilled calamari steak drizzled with a light lemon dressing.

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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.
Sub-Region:

Chablis

- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.
Alcohol Content (%): 13