2017 Domaine Daniel-Etienne Defaix Chablis

Old Vine Chablis with complexity and briny refreshment. Great release from an old school legend.

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Chablis with flesh on its bones and plenty of fruit ripeness while still showing regional crunch and chalky acidity. A Tour de Force from old-school legend Daniel-Etienne Defaix.

Average age of the vines is about 70 years, which is old for the area. No oak ageing, but a delayed release after spending several years on its lees in tank.

Juicy citrus, and some darker berry and stone fruit characters. Some creaminess to go along with the oyster shell salty jolt.

Brilliant off-the-wall Chablis.

Although the estate's entry level wine, nothing entry level about it. Fruit is harvested from 70 year old vines, and after a little skin contact to build texture it sits in stainless steel tanks for 18 months, with monthly inoxidative batonnage to build further weight. The wine then sits in bottle a further six months before release.

Amazingly complex and captivating. There's the classic line of Chablis oyster shell brine, though this has flesh on its bones and actually tastes like Chardonnay, in direct contrast to the often dominant ultra fine and lean Chablis style. This release sees a pleasing flint/gunsmoke character often seen on the estate's Premier Cru wines, with further dimensions of black tea and even blackcurrant.,/p>

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