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Chablis Premier Cru Côte de Lechet Daniel Defaix 2005
Mature Chablis is worth waiting for. 2005 was a wonderful vintage in the Chablis region: warm and sunny, low rainfall and northerly breezes ensuring healthy, well-ripened grape. This wine is gold in colour. Ripe citrus fruit and buttery aromas, and pronounced minerality on the palate balancing this richness. The vibrant acidity continues into a powerfully complex and lengthy finish.
The obvious match for a great white wine like this is a great roast chicken. No ordinary roast chicken – surely it should be Poulet de Bresse (from the Rhône-Alpes) with a truffle stuffing. Actually it doesn’t need to be, but it sounds lovely doesn’t it?
A great Chablis has the power and complexity to match a ripe Epoisses, the archetypal ‘stinky’ cheese from Burgundy.
Defaix is the oldest domaine in the region. 14th generation winemaker Daniel-Etienne Defaix continues the family tradition of keeping the wine on its lees for many years – in this case following malolactic conversion the wine spent three years in tank. During this period there was monthly bâtonnage (lees stirring). The bâtonnage breaks up the fine lees and releases glycerine which acts as an antioxidant, this contributes to the wine ageing so well. The wine was left to settle naturally over a period of two years before being racked into a hermetically sealed tank for ageing. It was bottled in 2017.
The Côte de Léchet 1er Cru is a prime vineyard site very near the town of Chablis. It was considered a ‘Grand Cru’ in the middle ages. The soils are Kimmeridgian marl and the steep (38˚ gradient), southeast facing slopes have an ideal aspect with morning sun exposure which means that the grapes undergo a slow ripening process.
One of a trio of Devaix Chablis included in our Classic French wines online tastings at the end of June.
|Major Grape Varieties||
France – Burgundy
|Food matching suggestions||
Roasts – meat or veg/pulse bakes
|Cheese Matching Suggestions||
Washed rind cheeses eg Taleggio, includes 'stinky' like Epoisses