Domaine Bernard Defaix Cote De Lechet 1er Cru Chablis 2015

Fifteen percent of the wine was fermented and matured in old, neutral barrels, which previously housed Defaix's Reserve bottling below with the rest being reared in glass lined tanks. It's a deep, multifaceted Léchet with the layers of fleshy fruit that only the greatest Chablis vintage...


92 Points Burghound


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Varietal
Chardonnay
Style
White Wine
Size
750 mL Bottle
Country
FRANCE
Region
Burgundy

Product Description

Fifteen percent of the wine was fermented and matured in old, neutral barrels, which previously housed Defaix's Reserve bottling below with the rest being reared in glass lined tanks. It's a deep, multifaceted Léchet with the layers of fleshy fruit that only the greatest Chablis vintages can deliver, beautifully balanced and lifted by the vibrant chalky freshness that this site always delivers. We think we know fine Chablis when we taste it and this Chablis is fine, fine, fine, all the way down. 

"...displays notes of ocean shore, oyster shell, tangerine peel and lemon zest. There is fine richness and volume to the relatively dense flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality on the clean and dry finale where the citrus elements telegraphed by the nose reappear. This succulent effort should drink well both young and with age."
89-92 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 60


"This Estate is the largest holder within this site (with a significant eight hectare portion) and the Bernard Defaix winery lies, literally, at the foot of this great vineyard. This then, is the emblematic Defaix cuvée. The Côte de Léchet's steeper, more stony and mineral soils conspire to deliver a tightly wound, dense package of tangy minerals and coiled, latent power. Furthermore, Didier Defaix's pedantic work in the vines regularly delivers a quality of raw material and a level of intensity that is most rare. 15 per cent of this wine was fermented and matured in old wood." Winemaker's Note

REVUES ON SOME PREVIOUS VINTAGES

Domaine Bernard Defaix Cote De Lechet 1er Cru Chablis 2012
"Here the nose is completely different with its combination of discreet lemon zest, pear and apple scents. There is really lovely detail to the relatively tender and round medium weight flavors that display an interesting finish that is composed of saline, bitter lemon and mineral elements. This balanced effort should reward from 5 to 7 years of bottle age."
89-91 Points Burghound


Domaine Bernard Defaix Cote De Lechet 1er Cru Chablis 2011
This Estate is the largest holder within this site (with a significant eight hectare portion) and the Bernard Defaix winery lies, literally, at the foot of this great vineyard. This then, is the emblematic Defaix cuvée. The Côte de Léchet's steeper, more stony and mineral soils conspire to deliver a tightly wound, dense package of tangy minerals and coiled, latent power. Furthermore, Didier Defaix's pedantic work in the vines regularly delivers a quality of raw material and a level of intensity that is most rare. 15 per cent of this wine was fermented and matured in old wood.

"Comments: Outstanding. A penetrating and highly perfumed nose offers up scents of citrus and mineral reduction that is very much in keeping with the citrus dominated and beautifully well-delineated flavors that possess good richness but also excellent verve on the slightly austere and persistent finish. This is really quite fine and harmonious."
90-92 Points, Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, issue 48


Domaine Bernard Defaix Cote De Lechet 1er Cru Chablis 2010
"Outstanding. A reserved and elegant nose subtly reveals aromas of mineral reduction, citrus, rose petal and tidal pool nuances that introduce beautifully detailed and seductively rich flavors that also possess plenty of dry extract that adds a sense of volume to the bone dry, austere and highly persistent finish. This is really a lovely effort."
92 Points Allen Meadows Burghound


Domaine Bernard Defaix Cote De Lechet 1er Cru Chablis 2009
"Sweet spot Outstanding. "Notes of pain grillé mix with fresh and bright citrus and tidal pool aromas that are also reflected by the elegant and pure medium-bodied flavors that possess good levels of dry extract that buffer the precise, detailed, clean, linear and dry finish that offers terrific depth and length. This is most impressive." 

90-93 points, Alan Meadows, Burghound.com, Issue #40.

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