Gerard is the fifth generation of his family to tend the vines of Chablis. Joined by his wife and children, the family looks to combine the tradition of Chablis to retain the purity of the terroir but with modern advancements that only improve their efforts, like gravity-fed tanks and temperature control. With a total of 37 hectares, the Tremblay's work some fantastic sites, and last night we were able to try their best premier cru, which is an old vine planting of Fourchaume.
Planted by Raymond Tremblay in 1951, the vines here have some excellent age and offer superior structure and length with more concentration of aromas and flavors over the regular bottling of Fourchaume.
This depth from the old vines is clearly noted here, and with coaxing, aromas of lemon, lime, acacia blossoms, orange rind, and minerals exude from the glass. The palate is dense and concentrated with grand cru weight and tons of dry extract that unfold to reveal notes of stone fruits, liquid minerals, and a touch of saline.
This is an imposing effort and much more limited compared to Tremblay's regular 1er Fourchaume bottling. We have a special deal on three bottles or more, and this is one to grab a few to watch it evolve.