DOMAINE DANIEL-ETIENNE CHABLIS PREMIER CRU LES LYS 2005

DOMAINE DANIEL-ETIENNE CHABLIS PREMIER CRU LES LYS 2005

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Les Lys is a lieu dit at the top of the Vaillons 1er Cru plot.  The slope is north facing (opposite to the rest of the vineyard, looking toward the Grand Cru sites) and provides slower ripening, with the site renowned for greater aromatic intensity. 

Pale gold with higher toned aromatics of wax, honey and gun flint, it’s texturally broader and gentler than the Lechet, with white flowers, pear and delicate honey flavours, finishing with a pleasing dry saline lick.

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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.