About This Wine...
Mineral notes dominate on the nose with delicate touches of citrus. The palate as fresh and fruity.
This domaine now covers 26 hectares of vineyard in Chablis as well as running a 4.5 hectare estate in the appellation of Rully. This has been a steady but significant increase as it only started with 2 hectares in 1959 under the stewardship of Bernard Defaix. Today Bernard’s two sons Didier and Sylvain are in charge with Didier looking after the vineyards and Sylvain
The domaine moved to organic viticulture in 2009 and are certified by Ecocert. Like many growers they have seen increased benefits in terms of soil pH, microbiological diversity and greater resistance to disease. The wines have in turn gained in freshness and complexity.
In the winery there is what would be termed a modernist (in the Chablis sense of the word) approach. The brothers have installed closed presses that result in much less oxidised juice and in turn the soft nature of the pneumatic press enables them to separate the press fractions and therefore being able to decide which musts will go to the regular wines and which will go to the reserve range.
Alcoholic fermentation takes place in stainless steel and malolactic either in tank or in barrel, again depending on the particular wine. The domaine likes to keep the wines on their fine lees for between 8-12 months and practice lees stirring for increased mouth feel during this period. The regular cuvées tend to see no oak (or very little) whilst the percentage of new wood is increased depending on the pedigree of the vineyard. Thus the Grand Crus see a higher proportion than say the 1er Cru of Côte de Lechet.
The domaine goes from strength to strength and they brilliantly explore the characteristics of each site, particularly the 1er Crus.