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Daniel-Etienne Defaix

One of the oldest and best properties in Chablis, in the Defaix family for 14 generations for 400 years.  Distinctly different through use of lees stirring and extended time sur-lie along with bottle aging at the estate to produce profoundly concentrated and complex Chablis.   

Based in the tiny hamlet of Milly just outside the village of Chablis, the family has been tending vineyards since 1610. Daniel-Etienne Defaix and his son Paul-Etienne Defaix is the 14th generation).

The domaine consists of 25 hectares of vineyards, including holdings in 3 Premiers Crus vineyards and a minute parcel in the Grand Cru "Les Blanchots" and "Les Grenouilles".  He ferments his grapes in temperature-controlled stainless steel cuves and the wines then remain on their lees in tanks for at least 18 months before being bottled and released. The wines are righly textured and concentrated, but are never cloyingly rich.  Above all, they are characterised by a marvellous purity of fruit that is the very essence of first-class Chablis. They also possess terrific medium to long-term cellaring potential.

Typical Kimmeridgean limestone soils in Chablis, full of oystershell fossils Monsieur Defaix - full of energy and character like his wines.



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