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Daniel-Etienne Defaix Chablis Vielles Vignes 2017


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The Chablis comes from 40-70 year old vines grown on the classic kimmeridgian soil. The winery ages this cuvée for 30 months on the lees before bottling, so this is the current release. The extra bit of power from the old vines and extra aging means this village wine drinks like a 1er cru, especially in a vintage like 2017.

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Daniel-Etienne Defaix does things very differently. True to the long traditions of his family (their domaine goes back to the 1700’s), Daniel does everything at what is a snail’s pace in comparison to his neighbors. This starts with careful, gentle farming practices that eschew chemical fertilizers and sprays.

In the cellar the fermentation is long and slow, using only wild yeasts. Malolactic is always completed, but only naturally so this process sometimes takes well over a year. Then you have the long aging "sur lie" in tanks, usually 18 months for the villages and upwards of 10 years for the 1er cru.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 90
"Bottled in January of this year, Defaix's 2017 Chablis Vieilles Vignes is also showing well, revealing a youthfully reserved bouquet of citrus oil, fresh pear, almond paste and clear honey, followed by a medium to full-bodied, fleshy and vibrant palate that's nicely concentrated and structured to reward some bottle age."

What importer Rosenthal Wine Merchant has to say about this wine...

This cuvée is sourced from vines the age of which is between 45 and 70 years. A wine of exceptional concentration for a village level appellation, this wine is always a true expression of the kimmeridgian soils that make Chablis so distinctive. Aged for thirty months before release, Defaix’s old vines Chablis is richly dense with a classic “pierre a fusil” bouquet and long mineral-infused finish.


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  • Vintage


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  • Style

    Crisp , Fruity , Minerally

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Light Bodied

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