DOMAINE DANIEL-ETIENNE DEFAIX BOURGOGNE RED 2014

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DOMAINE DANIEL-ETIENNE DEFAIX BOURGOGNE RED 2014

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A unique beast in being drawn from a small plot of Pinot vines planted in Chablis, hence the classification of Bourgogne.  No ordinary red Bourgogne of course, and we snapped up our tiny allocation offer.

As to be expected, weighty in the mineral department.  Lively acidity, stony, with aromatics and flavours of cherries, blackcurrant and cranberry.  Has a ferrous quality also, made us think of ironstone.  Long, complex, individualistic, and pretty special.

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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.