2016 Domaine Gérard Tremblay Chablis Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1312184

Allen Meadows writes: "The Tremblay family was one of the earliest to adopt machine picking in 1983 and it now practices lutte raisonné and confusion sexuelle in the vineyards. Once the fruit is harvested, it is pressed, allowed to settle for 12 hours and no enzymes are used to help clarify the must. Selected yeasts are added and the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations occur in stainless. However, once the malos are complete, a certain percentage of the wines are racked into barrel; this averages from 10 to 15% for most, though not all, of the 1ers and 30 to 40% for the grands crus. The élevage period lasts from 9 to 12 months, after which the wines are fined, cold stabilized and bottled. Interestingly, the wines are then held for 3 to 6 months so that any bottle sickness from the mise can dissipate."

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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, M√Ęcon, 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