A classic Chablis. Dry and saline with ample fruit richness and tingly acidity. Lovely.
Domaine Bernard Defaix are an organic producer with over 20ha of prime vineyards throughout Chablis. Discreet application of wood sets off aromas of smoked apple, lemon and tidal pool. Here too there is fine richness to the full-bodied and concentrated flavors that coat the mouth on the very dry, saline finish.
Producer: Domaine Bernard Defaix
Region/Country: Chablis, Burgundy, France
Production Method: Organic farming. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged 8 months before bottling.
Style: Dry, crisp and distinctly mineral
Pairing Suggestion: Salads, seafood dishes
Profile: Commonly referred to as the winemakers grape owing 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, particularly 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 Bernard Defaix
Domaine Bernard Defaix owns 27 ha of vineyards in Chablis of which half are Premier Cru and is the largest holder of the famed Côte de Lechet. In the vineyards a totally natural approach is adopted, as indicated above, with the exclusion of herbicides and pesticides. The little fertiliser used is organic compost. The wines are pure, fresh and mineral.