The Defaix domaine is one of the oldest in Chablis and dates from the 13th century. Since the 18th century it has been solely concerned with producing Chablis from 25 hectares of prime vineyard sites. Daniel Defaix ferments his grapes in temperature-controlled stainless steel cuves and the wines then remain on their lees in tanks for at least 18 months before being bottled and released. The wines are buttery and concentrated, but are never cloyingly rich.
Above all, they are characterised by a marvellous purity of fruit that is the very essence of first-class Chablis. They also possess terrific medium to long-term cellaring potential.
This Chablis 1er Cru is from Les Lys which is at the top of Vaillons and was once owned by the French Crown. It has stunning concentration laced with bright acidity and superb length.
This wine has a beautifully evolved and earthy character on the nose with persistent mineral undertones. Incredibly balanced and textured on the palate, notes of jasmine and white truffle are underpinned by a bright, fresh acidity. Les Lys has superb length with notes of buttered brioche that carry through to the finish.