Defaix's Chablis villages is drawn from four parcels of mature, 30-plus-year-old vines, situated around Milly and Poinchy, on the left bank of the Serein river.
While quantities are again small this year, the quality is simply superb, with the wine reflecting the more classical structure and salinity of the vintage (a contrast to last year's wines). Packed with racy, mouthwatering fruit, this also has a wonderful, saline tension. A terrific Chablis and another outstanding value from Sylvain and Didier Defaix.
This straight up, well-made Chablis is aged in stainless steel to deliver the highest amount of fruit, something that is always subtle, if not elusive, in Chablis. Bright and fresh with big minerality, citrus and resin, it remains a delicious, sipping seafood wine, be it with oysters, mussels, clams or simply-prepared white fish.
“Brilliant winemaking, brilliant wines.”
3 Star Rating (the highest rating awarded to only 9 Chablis producers) A Guide To The Wines of Chablis, Austen Biss (UK)
“The improvement at this estate has been nothing short of phenomenal and as the scores and individual wine reviews suggest, this is a flat out spectacular group of wines and in both vintages. Chablis fans should add the Defaix brothers to their short list of rising stars.”
Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 24
“The quality of the Defaix wines now puts the domaine among the top 10 in Chablis.”
Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 40.
This is exactly the kind of Estate with which we love to work. One that is always searching for better ways of doing things, searching for ways to improve. They have managed their vineyards organically for five years and are now one of the very few certified growers in Chablis. We also now have almost all of the wines (except Grand Cru or Reserve) in Stelvin. As you can see from the notes above and below, Domaine Bernard Defaix are today producing some wonderful Chablis and at remarkably good prices. For the moment we have the rare confluence of very high quality and low prices so don’t miss out. The Estate owns 25 ha of vineyards in Chablis of which half are premier cru and the largest holder of the famed Côte de Lechet. Sylvain and Didier Defaix are the sons of Bernard Defaix and today run the Domaine with Didier’s wife Helene. In the vineyards a totally natural approach is adopted, as indicated above, with the exclusion of herbicides and pesticides. The little fertilizer used is organic compost. The wines are pure, fresh and mineral.
The 2010, 2009 and 2008 wines from this Domaine will excite lovers of the ‘classic’ style of Chablis i.e., the racy, tangy, citrus and oyster-shell noted whites. Defaix’s wines from both vintages show why Chablis can be such a great drink: all purity, freshness and texture with a screwcap keeping it that way. 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.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Steely mineral aroma. Light yellow colour. Racy Chablis style. Smoky flinty. Crisp and taut, stony flavours - refreshing and alive. A wine I'd love to drink.
ALLEN MEADOWS - BURGHOUND.COM
Outstanding. Top Value. ...there is more volume if a bit less energy to the richer and rounder flavors that retain the same refreshing salinity on the slightly longer finish. This too is quite good for its level and also worth a look.