Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis 2022

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DBDC202210 UCNZ
  • Domaine Bernard Defaix, a revered winery with generations of heritage crafting exceptional Chablis wines, their unwavering commitment to quality reflects the terroir in every vintage.
  • Vibrant and intricate, with zesty citrus mingling with delicate white flowers while the subtle minerality adds distinction, and fruitiness conclude in a pleasing, lingering finish.
  • Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis 2022 embodies Chablis excellence, enjoyable now however promises future complexities with cellaring.
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Chablis is renowned for producing some of the world's finest Chardonnay wines, and Domaine Bernard Defaix is a prominent name in the region. The wine reflects the distinctive terroir of Chablis, with its limestone-rich soil, cool climate, and unique microclimate. These factors contribute to the wine's elegant and mineral character. Domaine Bernard Defaix is a family-owned winery with a rich heritage dating back several generations. The Defaix family's expertise and commitment to quality winemaking are reflected in every bottle.

The Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis 2022 offers a vibrant and complex flavor profile that wine enthusiasts appreciate. It displays refreshing citrus notes, such as lemon and grapefruit, complemented by subtle white flower aromas. The wine's minerality adds a distinctive touch, showcasing the unique characteristics of the Chablis region. The balance between acidity and fruitiness creates a harmonious and lingering finish, making it a delight to savor.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Apple
    • Lemon
    • Nectarine
  • Palate
    • Apple
    • Cream
    • Peach

Food Pairings

  • Cheese
  • Fish
  • Poultry

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France

Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.

Burgundy

Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.

There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.

Chablis

Located in the northern region of Burgundy in France, only a two-hour drive southeast of Paris, Chablis is a wine region covering an area of approximately 2,225 hectares.

Like most of France’s oldest wine regions, the Romans were the first to have planted grapevines in Chablis and during the middle ages, the Catholic Church too played a big role in building commercial interest in wines from the area. It is believed that Chardonnay was first planted in the 12th century and spread throughout the rest of Burgundy from there. Chablis was annexed as a part of Burgundy by the Dukes of Burgundy in the 15th century.

The famous grapevines of Chablis are mostly made up of chardonnay and because of the cool climate of the area, the wines produced here are usually more acidic and less fruity than those made in warmer climates. The result gives the flinty, dry white wines aromas comprising of nuts, vanilla, butter, lemon, and pear. Unlike most of the other Burgundian white wines which are fermented in a barrel, Chablis winemakers rarely use this method of fermentation in order to keep the oaky flavours at bay. The Chablis vineyards are classified into 4 tiers of quality listed from high to low: Chablis Grand Cru, Chablis Premier Cru, Chablis and finally Petit Chablis. The wines of Chablis generally see less oak than their Burgundian counterparts and in many cases are fermented in stainless steel.

About the brand Domaine Bernard Defaix

Bernard Defaix, fourth generation of a family of vine-growers, started in 1959 with 2 hectares. At about this time, the first techniques for protecting vineyards from spring frosts were discovered.Through much perseverance and hard work, Bernard and his wife Monique were able to acquire and plant new land over the years. Their efforts duly enriched the domain, which now included some of the best named places of the Chablis region.

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