2015 Domaine Gerard Tremblay "Cote de Lechet" Chablis 1er Cru
Pale, bright, green-tinged yellow. Much more minerally on the nose than this producer's 2015 village wines, offering scents of lemon thyme, wet stone and dusty spices. Initially a bit stunted and warm in the mouth, but lemon verbena and a cooling spearmint quality emerged with air. (ST)
Gerard Tremblay is officially en retrait, although his retirement is like that of many growers in that he continues to work, both in the vineyards and the cellar. His son Vincent Tremblay has now taken over the reins. They farm an impressive 35 hectares (about 90 acres) of vines, in appellations from Petite Chablis to Grand Cru Vaudesirs. The wines are terrific and extremely well-priced. Tremblay’s style is to press very carefully and slowly, to avoid extracting harsh or green tannins from the seeds. Then after a 24-hour settling, the wine is racked gently off the gross lees into temperature controlled tanks for a slow fermentation. He uses a small amount of old oak on some of his better wines, for texture rather than for flavor. This is Tremblay’s largest premier cru holding, with vines ranging from 35 to 40 years of age.