Cécile Tremblay

Cécile Tremblay

VigneronCécile Tremblay
LocationMorey-St-Denis (Côte-d'Or)
Size of Domaine4 ha
TerroirContinental climate. Clay-limestone marls, alluvial sediments on mid-Jurassic (Bajocian and Bathonian) limestone bedrock. Gentle slopes up to 10-15° gradient. 250-300m altitude.
ViticulturePracticing biodynamic
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Cécile grew up in Vosne-Romanée but although her parents owned 7ha of vines, they rented them out under various sharecropping arrangements. Her grandparents were also not winemakers, although Cécile’s great grandfather Edouard Jayer was a cooper in Nuits St Georges before WW1 and uncle of the legendary Henri Jayer.

When the contract for the first three of these hectares came up for renewal in 2003, with neither of her elder brothers interested, Cécile decided to jump on the opportunity. Since then she has had one more hectare returned to her with another three hectares coming soon, and from her base in Morey St Denis now makes wines from 11 different appellations from regional Bourgogne to Echezeaux Grand Cru.

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Married to the flamboyant Gevrey vigneron Philippe Charlopin, the birth of two children in recent years, has not impeded the dynamic of her progress. Cécile’s work in the vineyards is fastidious, with the vines pruned to give a low 25 to 30hh. Having worked organically from the outset she has now converted all her vineyard practices to biodynamics.

Back in the cave, the percentage of whole bunches varies from wine to wine and year to year from zero to 100%, according to Cécile’s taste and instinct. Long macerations with very little intervention in the form of pigeage or remontage are practised, followed by a gentle basket pressing and ageing in barrels made by Rully’s master cooper Stéphane Chassin (the percentage of new barrels varies from 25 to 70%). The wines stay on their fine lees with no racking until they are prepared for bottling, when they are neither fined not filtered.

Cécile's wines have a natural density and always offer purity and vibrancy tending towards black rather than red berry fruit, they age effortlessly with a filigree framing of fine-grained tannins. We stock six of her wines (Bourgogne, MSD Tres Girard, Chambolle 1er Cru Feuselottes, Vosne Romanée VV, Chapelle Chambertin GC and Echezeaux GC) that we offer out just over two years after the vintage. They are highly sought-after wines.

Cécile Tremblay Wines

Cécile Tremblay

La Fontaine
100% Pinot Noir (12.5% alc.)

It’s great to be able to welcome a new wine from Cécile, especially when it is such good value for money. Cécile purchased organically farmed grapes from the Domaine de la Cras in Dijon to make this wine (aged as all her wines in recent Chassin barrels) which is medium bodied, charming, open-knit and bursting with aromas and flavours of juicy cherries and strawberries with a floral note. While the grapes may be purchased, the wine's textural charm is quintessentially Tremblay.

Cécile Tremblay

Très Girard
100% Pinot Noir (13% alc.)

This comes from 0.5ha of 40-45yo vines situated just below the 1er Cru of Clos des Sorbets. The vines are sited on an easterly facing 25° slope to the west of the main road (where all the best village sites are found). Cécile doesn’t like rustic MSD, and this wine has superb balance, a well-defined blackberry and cherry fruit, well-integrated fine tannins and mineral note. Very limited quantity. For drinking now to 2025.

Cécile Tremblay

Vieilles Vignes
100% Pinot Noir (13% alc.)

This comes from 0.53 ha of vines in Jacquines (50yo) and also aux Communes (40yo). 80% destalked and aged in 30% new oak, this wine has a bright dark red colour, it seems particularly harmonious in this year (not affected by frost problems) and has cherry/mulberry fruits with good depth, lovely balance and tension. The tannins are extremely fine, and there is a real lift on the long finish. Old vines give the wine its complexity and character. Always the last wine to finish its malos (with the 2016 Cécile didn’t even do the first racking until April 2018 and so it was the last to be bottled in the cave in July 2018). For drinking 2020 to 2026.

Cécile Tremblay

Les Feusselottes
100% Pinot Noir (13% alc.)

Cécile’s small holding (0.45 ha) of 50yo vines lie on the upper slope of this premier cru just to the east of the village. There is little soil here and the vines are very close to the limestone rock. Elevage for a year in barriques (30% new oak) before racking and transferring to stainless steel, it is bottled in March after 18 months ageing. 70% destalked it has a slightly reserved nose that quickly opens up giving crushed, fresh black cherries, violets and spice. A beautiful weight of vibrant, refined fruit has both delicacy and intensity with a supple teasing quality on the palate with depth and length on the finish. For drinking 2021 to 2030.

Cécile Tremblay

Du Dessus
100% Pinot Noir (13% alc.)

In the 1936 Grand Cru delimitation, Echezeaux grand cru extended only to the 3.57 ha of Echezeaux du Dessus. Echezeaux now has 11 climats extending to 37.69 ha. The vineyards of Echezeaux du Dessus unquestionably produce wine of the finest grand cru pedigree. Cécile produced just one barrel in 2016 (rather than the normal three) from 45yo vines, and similar to 2015 decided to destalk 100% for the fermentation – it easily has sufficient matter not to need the support of stalks. Interestingly Cécile explained that Echezeaux is a very sensitive wine to any kind of movement, shutting down quickly, and even in bottle this is apparent – so when you do get round to drinking it, bring it up from your cellars a day or two in advance! The wine has a hauntingly beautiful perfume, quite spicy with hints of liquorice, soy, anise and a distinct note of wild rose. On the palate, the wine has a spicy cranberry fruit, real depth and an elegant silky mouthfeel and is very clear cut and saline on the long finish. For drinking 2025 to 2036.

Cécile Tremblay

100% Pinot Noir (13% alc.)

This comes from a prized holding of 80yo vines (0.36 ha) in a deep red, iron-imbued soil on a 15° slope just to the south of Gevrey-Chambertin. There are approximately 30cm of well-drained soil with many small pebbles lying over a limestone rock base. Made with 80% whole bunches and aged entirely in new oak, the quality of the juice here is magnificent (the crop was not affected by frost at all in 2016) and the wine spent 20 months in barrel before bottling in May. Combining both elegance and depth of fruit with an impressive body and incredible length, this is a grand vin with more of a sense of minerality and it will age effortlessly. For drinking 2025 to 2036.

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