Domaine Bernard Defaix, Cote de Lechet, Chablis 1er Cru, 2010.
100% chardonnay, cork closure, 13% abv. Nickolls and Perks, about £13.50+vat.
Soils/climate – Poor pebbly soils.
Vinification – a blend from young vines, for freshness, and old vines, for structure.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – medium intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a medium (+) intensity, youthful, with rich ripe aromas, of ripe yellow grapefruit, lemon, and a hint of unripe pineapple, a hint of honey, and something floral yet spicy like hawthorn.
Palate – a dry wine, with high acidity, no tannin, medium alcohol with a medium body, and with a medium intensity, with flavours of citrus, again lemon and grapefruit, and a hint of dessert apple, with a long length, and clean crisp finish.
Quality – a good quality wine, with lots of acidity and fresh flavours to match, with a balance between acidity and alcohol, and between alcohol and the intensity of flavour. A good quality, good value premier cru, with a south-easterly exposure, on the left bank of the Serein, west of and above Chablis. Les Lys, one of the very best premier crus, is on the opposite slope to the south.