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Daniel-Etienne Defaix

Daniel-Etienne Defaix Chablis 'Vieilles Vignes' 2018



Country: France

Region: Burgundy

Type: White Wine

Grape: Chardonnay

Defaix’s family has been producing wine in and around this region since the 1500s. Defaix works almost exclusively with Chardonnay and his Premier Cru vineyard holdings are farmed entirely by hand and fertilized with natural compost and manure. 

This Chablis comes from 50 year-old, organically farmed vines grown on Kimmeridgian soil. The winery ages this cuvée for 30 months on the lees in sainless steel before bottling, so this is the current release. The extra bit of power from the old vines and extra aging means this village wine drinks like a premier cru.

This is a wine of exceptional concentration for a village level appellation. Wonderfully concentrated, lively and fresh, with notes of ripe fruit and hints of honey. The finish is incredibly long and mineral-driven.