DOMAINE DANIEL-ETIENNE DEFAIX CHABLIS PREMIER CRU CÔTE DE LECHET 2003

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DOMAINE DANIEL-ETIENNE DEFAIX CHABLIS PREMIER CRU CÔTE DE LECHET 2003

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Grown in the poor stony soils of the Côte de Lechet vineyard on a very steep slope at some 38% incline facing south east.  18 months lees stirring as for the Vaillons. 

A powerful style, showing fatter, more buttery notes.  The palate fleshes out over green apple, hay, and lemon curd, though the star here is the mouthwatering and deeply satisfying core of Chablisien mineral. 

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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.