Daniel-Etienne Defaix 2015 Chablis Vieilles Vignes AOC
Item Number: 14463
Sub Region: Chablis
Appellation/AVA: Chablis AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Kimmeridgian
Vineyard Notes: The vineyards are fertilized, when necessary, with a natural compost of cow and horse manure. Treatments in the vineyards are severely limited and never done within two months of the harvest. The parcels for this wine is a blend of 45-70 years old.
Winemaking Notes: All the wines at this estate are vinified in a similar fashion. At harvest a strict triage is done to eliminate unripe and unhealthy grapes; the grapes are pressed slowly for three hours, separated parcel by parcel, with only the finest juice maintained for bottling at the domaine. This Chablis normally ferments for three weeks (sometimes as long as a month) using only indigenous yeast and at a temperature of 18 degrees Celsius. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally (on rare occasion, the ML has taken two years to finish). The 2015 Chablis rested on its fine lees in stainless steel for 3 years, undergoing a type of batonnage without exposure to air (utilizing the CO2 created by the malolactic fermentation to conserve the freshness of the wines). The wine is not fined or filtered.
Aging Notes: The Domaine Daniel-Etienne Defaix releases its wine to the market only after obtaining several years of bottle age at which point the market has the pleasure of having access to wines that more fully express the remarkable and unique terroir that is Chablis.
Tasting Notes: This is a wine of exceptional concentration for a village level appellation. It is always a true expression of the kimmeridgian soils that make Chablis so distinctive, richly dense with a classic "pierre a fusil" (gun flint) bouquet and long mineral-infused finish.