In 1959 Bernard Defaix started with 2 hectare. Since that time the Estate has grown to 25ha with 8ha in Cotes de Lechet. The vineyards are tended organically and the wines a lean, clean and precise. Often needing a bit of time in the bottle to open up. Screwcaps have been adopted so the wines will thrive in your cellar.
In the yellow and exotic fruit spectrum, mid-weight and racy acidity. It is attractive drinking now but it’ll evolve with time. I’d buy enough to try some after 5, 10 and 15 years. Match it with pork sausage.
The kimmeridgean soils that make Chablis taste like Chablis is evident in these wines. They have more definition of region and more structure than a Petit Chablis but without the fruit weight and intensity of the better sites. Great wines for drinking young or youngish.
Chablis Premier Cru
There is a big diversity in styles and flavours. A producer’s style will complement each site differently and makes for a fascinating study of terroir. The best sites are truly some of the most pure expressions of Chardonnay in the world. Structure, intensity, length, elegance and perfume. They have the potential to age for a long time.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.