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2005 CHABLIS, 1er cru Les Lys, Domaine Daniel-Etienne Defaix. Burgundy
"Said to be the oldest domaine in Chablis, tracing its origins back to 1610, it is now run by Daniel-Etienne Defaix, 14th generation of the Defaix family. Daniel-Etienne took over from his father in 1978 and started making wine "as (his) grandfather had done". This involved keeping the wine in tank for a protracted period and putting it through a monthly bâtonnage, a practice he retains to this day. "My grandfather's generation used to keep the wine for so long in order to protect themselves against frost, to ensure they would always have wine to sell," he explains.
The domaine has just over 28 hectares of vineyard, almost all of them around the village of Milly, on the left bank of the Serein. Daniel-Etienne has 14 hectares in Chablis and another 14 across the Premier Crus.
Les Lys is at the top of Vaillons and was owned by the French crown at one point, hence the name Lys, with its association with the royal family. Les Lys can also be sold as Vaillons, but Defaix gives this great vineyard an identity in its own right."
£37.95 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£35.96 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles
10% discount on mixed cases of 12.