Chapelle Chambertin, Grand Cru, 2017

  Cecile Tremblay

Burly and deep. Very much a Gevrey Grand Cru with a little “Vosne” gloss. Dense and deep dark fruit with a cooling, earthy dimension.
Polished and with a little chew and bite to the mid palate. Closed, solid but layered, this will need time to unravel and needs time. There is plenty more to come from this. Cecile has a mere 0.4ha of fifty year-old vines in Chapelle, a shame as hers is one of the finest examples of this lesser-known Grand Cru that you will find. Aged for 18 months in three quarters new oak barrels.

Contains Sulphites.

About Cecile Tremblay

Rising star Cécile Tremblay, Henri Jayer’s grand-niece, took the reins of her family domaine in 2003, working a total of three hectares of the family’s six hectares. As with all top growers the attention to detail here is in the vineyards. Cécile tends her vines with the utmost care and respect for terroir and the environment, practicing organic and biodynamic farming. In her own words "the grape bunches are my English roses, the vineyards my garden." To ensure low yields (between 25 and 35 hl/ha depending on the vintage) pruning is short and excess buds are removed. The wines undergo a cold prefermentation maceration and are then fermented either with no, some or all of the stalks depending on the wine and the vintage. There is the minimum of intervention here with ageing taking place in oak barrel (20 to 75 % new wood depending on the wine) for 15 to 18 months. These wines are a beautiful marriage of vivid, individual terroir characteristics and silky sensuality.

Appellation: Chapelle Chambertin

One of the 8 Grands Crus of the Gevrey Chambertin commune spanning 5.39ha. The vineyard is found on the way to Morey St Denis from Gevrey below the Route des Grands Crus lower than le Chambertin, on same level as Charmes and Griotte-Chambertin. The wines of Chapelle can be very good and ageworthy, they are often bold, muscular wines sometimes to the point of extreme austerity but the best examples show sufficiently polished fruit to flesh out their structure.

Grape Type: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the classic grape of red burgundy, whose greatest wines are concentrated in the east and south-east-facing clay/limestone hills of Burgundy's Côte d'Or. A notoriously temperamental variety, Pinot Noir has proved difficult to grow in certain climates and soils and will not tolerate over-cropping. The best examples have wonderfully expressive aromas and thrillingly pure bitter sweet red forest fruit and cherry flavours, developing truffle and game overtones with age. Outside of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has had great success in New Zealand, California’s Carneros, Oregon and the more marginal, cooler districts in Australia. Along with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir is also one of the major components of Champagne.