Daniel-Etienne Defaix Chablis 1er Cru “Vaillon” 2010

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Chardonnay | Burgundy | France | White Wine | Daniel-Etienne Defaix | 2010 | 0,75 L | 13 %
About
Daniel-Etienne Defaix Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons" is a distinguished, dry white wine crafted exclusively from Chardonnay grapes, sourced from the esteemed Vaillons vineyard within the renowned Chablis appellation in Burgundy, France. This premier cru demonstrates Defaix's commitment to traditional winemaking practices, showcasing the unique Kimmeridgian terroir of the region, known for its fossil-rich limestone soil that imparts a distinctive minerality and complexity to the wine. Aged meticulously to enhance its texture and depth, the "Vaillons" is a testament to the elegance and age-worthiness of Chablis, capturing the essence of its origin with precision and grace.
Producer
Daniel-Etienne Defaix is ​​a prominent figure in the winemaking culture of Burgundy. This winemaker is renowned for his unwavering commitment to traditional methods as well as an excellent understanding of the terroir. The Defaix estate is located in the Chablis sub-region, which is well known for its special Chardonnay wines. Defaix's approach is distinguished by its firm commitment to organic and biodynamic methods that maintain a symbiotic relationship between vines, soil and environment. This holistic approach contributes to the purity and authenticity of the wines, allowing the unique characteristics of the terroir to express themselves. This winemaker's cellar, where wines are aged only in traditional oak casks, is a sign of respect for heritage. Defaix uses a method known as sur lie, where the wines are aged on lees. It adds complexity and depth to the wines, truly unlocking their character. Daniel-Etienne Defaix's wines are a testament to his enduring passion and dedication. These wines embody tradition, terroir and a deep connection to the land.
Tasting notes

On the palate, Daniel-Etienne Defaix’s Chablis 1er Cru “Vaillons” reveals a harmonious blend of crisp green apple and citrus flavors, intertwined with nuances of white flowers and a pronounced flinty minerality, characteristic of Chablis. The wine’s balanced acidity and refined structure lead to a lingering, sophisticated finish that highlights its craftsmanship and terroir-driven nature.

Pairing

This Chablis 1er Cru pairs exceptionally well with delicate seafood dishes, such as oysters or grilled white fish, where its crisp acidity and mineral notes accentuate the freshness of the seafood. It also complements soft goat cheeses or a light, herb-infused chicken dish, providing a refreshing counterbalance to the flavors and enhancing the overall culinary experience with its elegance and complexity.

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Daniel-Etienne Defaix
Daniel-Etienne Defaix is ​​a prominent figure in the winemaking culture of Burgundy. This winemaker is renowned for his unwavering commitment to traditional methods as well as an excellent understanding of the terroir. The Defaix estate is located in the Chablis sub-region, which is well known for its special Chardonnay wines. Defaix's approach is distinguished by its firm commitment to organic and biodynamic methods that maintain a symbiotic relationship between vines, soil and environment. This holistic approach contributes to the purity and authenticity of the wines, allowing the unique characteristics of the terroir to express themselves. This winemaker's cellar, where wines are aged only in traditional oak casks, is a sign of respect for heritage. Defaix uses a method known as sur lie, where the wines are aged on lees. It adds complexity and depth to the wines, truly unlocking their character. Daniel-Etienne Defaix's wines are a testament to his enduring passion and dedication. These wines embody tradition, terroir and a deep connection to the land.
Despite the fact that Chablis is considered to be a part of the Bourgogne region, it is located quite far in the North. Locals don't consider it to be germane to the region because Chablis is more independent from the general rules, has different laws, climate and soil. Chardonnay is the only grape allowed here. The wines of Chablis are white and dry, with an expressed minerality that is dominated by notes of nuts and citrus. The vineyards of Chablis were once a seabed creating a soil called Kimmeridgian which gives wine the numerous qualities that make it absolutely unique. If you are looking for a true French wine finesse and elegance - Chablis is the way to go.
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