Bernard Defaix, Chablis 2020Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
The Defaix family is a fourth generation of a family of vine-growers rich in personality. Bernard Defaix started the vineyard in 1959 with 2 ha. Vineyard holdings across the Chablis region of Burgundy have expanded to 27 ha including three Premier Cru vineyards (Côte de Léchet, Vaillons and Lys) and others in the Chablis and Petit Chablis appellations. Bernard’s sons Sylvain and Didier have been managing the domain for about twenty years, handling winemaking and vineyard operations, respectively. Didier’s wife, Helene, handles administration and sales. Although this is a small property – common in France – the Defaix family undertook an extensive study of their vineyard soils to better understand vine root systems and the impact of mechanized vineyard operations. From 2012, they have been producing organic wines.
Their Chablis is a more terroir-driven bottle compared to Defaix's Petite Chablis bottling. The vineyards are not sourced from all over appellation, but rather from 12 hectares at the heart of the Chablis vineyards. This bottling, like their other Chablis wines, spends 8 months on its fine lees. There is a more hefty minerality in this wine making it more of a sought after match for particular styles of food, like shellfish.