DOMAINE DANIEL-ETIENNE DEFAIX CHABLIS PREMIER CRU VAILLONS 2005

DOMAINE DANIEL-ETIENNE DEFAIX CHABLIS PREMIER CRU VAILLONS 2005

109.09

Vines are planted on a steep 28 degree hill in the original parcel of the cru with a southeast exposure.  The vineyard soils here are differentiated by iron deposits, which raise wines of greater spice and density.  There’s power to burn here, with this the most obvious, concentrated and long of the three Premiers. 

Green fruit, flowers, beeswax, flint and ferrous notes run through a column of classic Chablis mineral, the finish giving way to green tea umami, maintaining power and concentration right through.

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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.