DOMAINE GÉRARD TREMBLAY, Chablis
Gérard and Hélène Tremblay own 34 hectares in Chablis, including 10 in Premier and Grand Crus. They are the 5th generation of Tremblay to run the estate but they have built most of it themselves, including their brand new winery, which works entirely by gravity, thus avoiding unnecessary manipulations of the fruit or pumping of juices. The wines are uncompromisingly Chablis, steely, clean and mineral.
Set between Preuses and Grenouilles, the Grand Cru Vaudésir climat is divided into two parts by the track called “le chemin des Vaudésirs”. It has a double orientation, as roughly half of its vines face due south, whilst the remainder face south-west. Very steep in places, its soil type seems rather lighter than most, and contains less lime. This increasing “earthiness” tends to mark the wines, which can be drunk young if one is looking for crispness. The full structure of the wines will take several years to develop however, as with all the Grands Crus. Their extreme delicacy has given Vaudésir the reputation of being the most feminine of all the climats