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Daniel Etienne Defaix Chablis Vieilles Vignes

$55.00 $46.75
Country / Region: France
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2012

Excellent old vine Chablis from one of the oldest and best producers of the region.

Daniel Etienne Defaix is one of the oldest and best properties in Chablis, in the Defaix family for 14 generations over 400 years.  Their ethos is distinctly different than many other Chablis producers through dramatically longer time on lees along with long bottle aging at the estate to produce profoundly concentrated and complex Chablis - still without the use of any oak.

The region of Chablis sits halfway between the Champagne region and the ‘Cote d’Or’ of Burgundy.  Soils in Chablis are Kimmeridgien Marl – a type of calcareous limestone full of ancient oystershell fossil that brings a freshness, flintiness and unique mineral flavours to the wine unlike the rest of Burgundy.

Tasting Note:

Fermented with all natural yeasts for 3 weeks, followed by malolactic fermentation & 12 months of aging on lees with monthly batonnage followed by 4 years bottle age before release.

Not lean and steely like many Chablis, aromas of lemon curd, almond paste, dandelions and burnt butter. Ample palate weight and grows in the mouth, savoury stone fruits and a moreish mineral finish.  

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