Domaine Daniel-Etienne Defaix Chablis 1er Cru `Côte De Léchet` 2007
It’s hard enough to find back vintage Chablis, let alone one this good. Perfectly mature, drink up.
This wine is gold in colour. The nose is opulent with ripe citrus fruits, buttery notes and a pronounced minerality. There is a lovely linear character on the palate and a vibrant acidity. The finish is complex and long.
Profile: Commonly referred to as the winemakers grape oweing to both its versatility and ease of manipulation in the winery. Chardonnay will range widely in character depending on its region of origin as well as winemaking style. One the lighter end of the spectrum, generally from cooler regions, it will display crisp, somewhat tart acidity alongside citrus and orchard fruit character and mineral texture. Moving to warmer climates gradually produces a more ripe stone and tropical fruit character. Winemaking, particuarly the use of oak and batonnage (lees stirring) produces a richer, creamier texture and flavours of toast, butter and vanilla spice.
Classic Regions: Chablis, Cote d'Or, Maconnais, Champagne (France), Yarra Valley, Tasmania, Margaret River (Australia), Canterbury (New Zealand), Walker Bay (South Africa)
Domaine Daniel-Etienne Defaix
Daniel-Etienne has 14 hectares in Chablis and another 14 across the Premier Crus. He ferments in tank with natural yeast, where malolactic also takes place. "The fine lees break up during bâtonnage and release glycerine, which acts as an antioxidant," says Daniel-Etienne when asked to explain the reasons behind his long ageing. Instead of being bottled immediately, the wines are kept in tank to retain freshness.