DOMAINE DANIEL-ETIENNE DEFAIX CHABLIS PREMIER CRU VAILLLONS 2003

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DOMAINE DANIEL-ETIENNE DEFAIX CHABLIS PREMIER CRU VAILLLONS 2003

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Alcoholic fermentation took three weeks, with full malolactic fermentation naturally achieved.  Lees are stirred for 18 months prior to bottling where the wine rested in the domaine's cellars before release.

The lees character gives an impression of woodiness despite no oak treatment, and the mineral qualities here are more in the beeswax and honey spectrum rather than earth/rock derived.  Fruit is apples, pears, lemon, with some almond nuttiness, the finish impressively long though delicate, closing with fine salinity.  A detailed and elegant expression.

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Domaine Daniel-Etienne Defaix

Intense, traditional, mineral drenched Chablis from a no compromise operation

One of oldest properties in Chablis and with family winemaking ancestry stretching back some 400 years, this is a domaine with important historical presence. The 26 hectare estate has significant Premier Cru plantings, and the winemaking ethos gives some idea to these wines' natural intensity. No oak is used in the élevage, with weight and texture brought about through extended skin contact, long and slow wild ferments, no artificial rushing of malolactic fermentation which can take months, and a type of bâttonage which does not expose the wine to air, using natural carbon dioxide from the ferment to preserve the wine. The wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered, and as perhaps the ultimate statement of no compromise, atypically for Chablis, are released with significant bottle age. A phenomenal, first rate producer of the region.