Domaine Jean Goulley et Fils wine producer

Domaine Jean Goulley et Fils
This family producer is actually three domaines in one.  You can buy exactly the same wine labelled Domaine Jean Goulley et Fils or Domaine Simone Tremblay, and almost the same labelled Domaine Philippe Goulley.
 
Philippe is Jean’s son, the Fils in the domaine name.  He’s also the winemaker, and these days he runs the whole estate.  Domaine Jean Goulley et Fils was founded in 1986 when Philippe joined his father in the family business.  Jean was already a vigneron, originally with vineyards his wife Simone had inherited from her father, Armand Tremblay.
 
The Tremblay name was and is an important one in Chablis, so in some markets (though not the UK) the wines are labelled Domaine Simone Tremblay.  Philippe owns outright about five of the family’s twenty hectares of vines, allowing him to use his own name on a proportion of the production.
 
Philippe’s vineyards were the first to convert to organic farming, starting in 1991, making him the first producer in Chablis to be certified organic.  The rest of the estate followed suit soon after.
 
The original Tremblay vineyards lie at the centre of the important Premier Cru hillside of Fourchaume.  In the Sixties Jean acquired a large plot in Premier Cru Montmains, and later added some land in Premier Cru Mont de Milieu, along with some parcels of straight AC Chablis around the family’s home village of La Chapelle Vaupelteigne.
 
Production was able to increase after Philippe joined, and further plots of Chablis and Petit Chablis were acquired in the Nineties to meet demand.  Today the production is about eleven thousand cases a year, divided equally between the Chablis, Petit Chablis and Premier Cru appellations.  Most is exported; only around 15% is sold in France.
 
All the wines are fermented with wild yeasts, with minimal use of sulphur.  All the Jean Goulley wines are fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel.  Philippe does use older oak barrels for some of the wines he releases under his own domaine name, particularly the Premier Crus.

Decanting Club wines made by: Domaine Jean Goulley et Fils

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