93 Points WE
From the coolest of the premier crus, this wine is as much about texture as fruit. Young and taut with touches of spice and a steely edge, the wine is just setting out. Drink from 2023.
About The Wine
Winemaker Didier Defaix's family owns 27 hectares of vines in Chablis, which are farmed organically. Like many producers, they lost their organic certification in 2016 due to the merciless weather but have since returned to organic farming. The Côte de Lechet vineyard lies just above the small village of Milly, on a steep, southeastern facing slope. The family owns nine hectares in this vineyard, making them the largest owners of this cru. The grapes come from 25 different parcels in the vineyard.
Bernard and Monique Defaix started their domain in 1959, with a little more than 4 acres. Through hard work and steady investment, their estate now covers nearly 70 acres in Chablis! They are the largest owners in the 1er Cru lieu-dit Cote de Lechet. Two primary features characterize this wine. First, the cru is one of the steepest and stoniest in Chablis. As a result, the wine has a particularly high mineral content. Additionally, the vines here are some of the domain's oldest, with a portion representing Bernard's original plantings from 1955!
Vine Age: 25-66 years
Aging: 75% fermented and aged in temperature controlled stainless-steel tanks, 25% fermented and aged in 228 litre French oak barrels, between one and six years old for 10-12 prior to blending and bottling