Chablis Vieilles Vignes, Daniel-Etienne Defaix
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Chablis Vieilles Vignes, Daniel-Etienne Defaix - 2014

Item # 22291 750mL
$31.96/ Single Bottle
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Tasting Notes

This Chablis is wonderfully concentrated, with a lively, fresh attack, followed by a sense of ripe fruit and hints of honey. The finish is incredibly long and mineral-driven. This Chablis comes from 50-year-old vines.

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Staff Pick Notes

Chablis is a Chardonnay-dominant region famous for Kimmeridgian soil. This soil creeps north to Chablis' close neighbor Champagne and west into the Loire Valley. This terroir is responsible for giving the vines just enough nutrients, water, and mobility. The vines then produce vibrant grapes with the perfect ratio of acid to sugar. Thus, you get the high-acid wines of Chablis, imbued with limestone minerality. Daniel-Etienne Defaix's wine making skills take this Chablis to the next level. Neutral oak and lees aging for 12 months add rich complexity to this Chardonnay from 50-year-old vines. The aromas are creamy and mineral. The palate is complex with green apple skin, almonds, button mushrooms, and a chalky saline edge.


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