Grapes from both young and old vines, grown within Les Vaillons and Les Lys are combined within this wine. The young grapes offer a fresh fruitiness, while the older ones bring a mature structure and finesse - resulting in a beautifully balanced and elegant wine, a pleasure to drink.
These are classic Chablis wines with admirable minerality and finesse. Bernard Defaix, fourth generation of a family of wine-growers, started this domaine in 1959 with 2 hectares. At about this time, new techniques for protecting vineyards from spring frosts were discovered. Over the years, Bernard and his wife Monique have acquired new land. Their efforts duly enriched the domaine which is now regarded as one of the finest in the Chablis Region. In 2009 Domaine Bernard Defaix was officially certified organic, a further move towards wine-making in the tradition of bygone generations. True to family tradition, the responsibilities for the running of the domaine has now passed to Bernard's two sons, Sylvain and Didier.
Once again the wood treatment is sufficiently prominent to mention as it frames the mildly exotic dried yellow orchard fruit scents. There is excellent density to the powerful medium weight flavors that coat the mouth with extract before culminating in a mineral and saline-inflected finale where a hint of bitter lemon is perceptible.
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As a rough guide most standard (75CL) single bottles weigh 2KG and a case (12 x 75CL bottles) weighs 24KG.
In Bond storage is facilitated at Octavian in Wiltshire, the U.K's premier wine storage facility. The conditions at this old munitions base, 100 metres below ground are unrivalled, offering temperature control, In Bond facility and full replacement value insurance. The wines are stored under each client's individual "Protection Plus" account number, fully labelled and can only be released or moved with his or her written instructions. No right of lien can be exercised over wines held on each client's behalf. Client's stock can be inspected, by arrangement, at any time excluding November & December.
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Items can be ordered In Bond for transfer to clients own bonded storage accounts. We are able to action this process for a single consignment charge of £10 ex VAT, this covers any quantity.