2011 Domaine Gerard Tremblay Chablis "Vieilles Vignes"

SKU #1143991 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, light yellow. Extremely closed nose hints at lemon, pepper and stone. Tactile on entry, but not yet showing the personality of the regular 2011 village wine. Little easy sweetness to the flavors of citrus peel and wet stone. But rounder in the mid-palate and broader and longer on the aftertaste.  (8/ 2013)

K&L Notes

This is from vines of over 40 years of age, most planted in 1957 by Gerard's father. More concentrated and less overt than the regular cuvée. Backwards, but terrific drive and minerality. Nice mid-palate weight and a rich finish. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/2013)

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Price: $19.99

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By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/19/2014  | Send Email
A different side of Chardonnay? You bet. Chablis is not contiguous with the rest of Burgundy, and that geographic distinctiveness is reflected in the wines of the region. They are more intensely mineral in character. In addition, oak is used more sparingly or not at all. The 2011 Domaine Gerard Tremblay Chablis Vielles Vignes is a perfect expression of Chardonnay in this unique terroir. Classic "oyster shell" minerality. Lively citrus notes with riper stone fruits emerging as the wine warms in the glass. The old vine character is evident in the depth and concentration here. A terrific value for under $20. Ready to drink now. Enjoy with our local Dungeness crab for a genuine treat.

By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/19/2013  | Send Email
I love young Chablis, and as much as I intended to stash away bottles from the recent great vintages of 2008 and 2010, invariably I am trigger happy and do not cellar nearly as much as I should. In the case of this delicious 2011, I'd be happy to open and drink many bottles without any guilt. While it surely will improve for several years, the price and approachable, friendly nature of the vintage both make this a drinker. Crab - check. Oysters - check. Tremblay Chablis VV - check! Your holiday party is now ready to go.

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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