Chablis 1er Cru Cote de Lechet, Domaine Defaix 2016
Domaine Defaix is located in the tiny hamlet of Milly, just outside the village of Chablis, in the most northerly part of the region. It is one of the oldest, and certainly one of the finest domaines, where the Defaix family has been tending vineyards for over 250 years. They are certified organic and continue the family traditions that have been maintained for 5 generations. Brothers Sylvain and Didier manage and produce wine from their 26 hectares which includes some of the best 1er Cru sites in the region. Grapes are hand harvested and sorted before being gently pressed. Fermentation is slow in stainless steel tanks on fine lees with natural yeasts. The wine is bottled 8 months after the harvest for optimum freshness.
The remarkable stony and sunny soils of the vineyards are captured in this powerful and complex wine. It flourishes with age and expresses mineral aromas reminiscent of gunflint. The wine is full and flavoursome but with a firm backbone of acidity. The Côte de Lechet is one of the Premiers Crus of the Chablisian vineyard with the most exceptional ageing potential.
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