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Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2015 £59.95
DOMAINE BERNARD DEFAIX CHABLIS GRAND CRU VAUDESIR
Spending time in Didier and Sylvain’s company you immediately understand the energy and effort that is put into their wines, or more correctly, their vines and land. Situated a little north of the eponymous village of Chablis the brothers have some of the best situated vineyards in the whole of the region and their efforts to coax the best from the soil is incredible. This translates directly into the wines which are powerful, textural and capable of considerable development. Certified organic and with bio-dynamic influences the gentle caring approach of the Defaix boys makes their wines flagship examples of why Chablis is so special.
Located between Valmur and Preuses, next to Grenouilles, the grand cru Vaudésir spreads over almost 15 hectares. Vaudésir is characterised by a more sloping land, a less calcareous and a bit lighter soil than the other grands crus. The soils are from the Upper Jurassic period (Kimmeridgian only for this plot).
The wine is fermented and aged in oak barrels (not new) with regular batonnage if needed. The coolness of the cellar puts the wine through a natural cold stabilisation process. Then the wine is bottled with a light filtration after 12 months ageing.
Round, elegant and seducing, with white flowers on the nose and palate, this wine has also a great fineness. A beautiful wine which will enhance any dish, try it with fish dishes even in rich sauces.
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