Daniel Etienne Defaix Chablis Les Lys Premier Cru
$68.00

$80.00

Daniel Etienne Defaix Chablis Les Lys Premier Cru

Mouth filling texture, caramel, nuts, and butter pastry on the nose. Roasted apples, truffle and spice.

100% Chardonnay, 30 – 36 months on lees with monthly stirring.

Region
  • France
  • France - Burgundy
Style
  • White Wine
Varietal
  • Chardonnay

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"Defaix’s 2003 Chablis Premier Cru “Les Lys” has a pale golden center proceeding to clear and faintly green tones at the rim. Following the initial glimpse of its elegant appearance, this wine immediately draws attention to its remarkably soft and silky texture. 13+ years of age has smoothed all its hard edges and perfectly integrated each distinct component into one harmonious arc of flavor. This wine’s aromatic palette draws from generous, round fruit as well as austere, chalky soil. Asian pear, honey crisp apple, acacia honey and white flowers sit beautifully atop a deeply mineral, oyster shell core. This 2003 is perfectly mature right now, so while I encourage you to decant it for 15-20 minutes before serving in large Burgundy stems, I urge you to err toward conservatism. This is a delicate, immaculately aged wine that will not be flattered by a night left open on the dinner table, so drink it within a few hours of pulling the cork, preferably alongside a rich, wintry seafood preparation like the attached. That’s a pretty affordable, and very impressive, weeknight combination I’d love to be a part of. Enjoy!" SommSelect.com

Daniel-Etienne Defaix is one of the oldest and best properties in Chablis, in the Defaix family for 14 generations over 400 years.  Distinctly different through dramatically longer time on lees along with long bottle aging at the estate to produce profoundly concentrated and complex Chablis. 

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.

Reviews

"Defaix’s 2003 Chablis Premier Cru “Les Lys” has a pale golden center proceeding to clear and faintly green tones at the rim. Following the initial glimpse of its elegant appearance, this wine immediately draws attention to its remarkably soft and silky texture. 13+ years of age has smoothed all its hard edges and perfectly integrated each distinct component into one harmonious arc of flavor. This wine’s aromatic palette draws from generous, round fruit as well as austere, chalky soil. Asian pear, honey crisp apple, acacia honey and white flowers sit beautifully atop a deeply mineral, oyster shell core. This 2003 is perfectly mature right now, so while I encourage you to decant it for 15-20 minutes before serving in large Burgundy stems, I urge you to err toward conservatism. This is a delicate, immaculately aged wine that will not be flattered by a night left open on the dinner table, so drink it within a few hours of pulling the cork, preferably alongside a rich, wintry seafood preparation like the attached. That’s a pretty affordable, and very impressive, weeknight combination I’d love to be a part of. Enjoy!" SommSelect.com

About Defaix

Daniel-Etienne Defaix is one of the oldest and best properties in Chablis, in the Defaix family for 14 generations over 400 years.  Distinctly different through dramatically longer time on lees along with long bottle aging at the estate to produce profoundly concentrated and complex Chablis. 

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.