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Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons 2018

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Art. # 1119
Les Vaillons is a Grand Cru in Chablis. Chablis classic with silky aromas and powerful structure.

Profile

  • Fruit
  • Body
  • Dryness
  • Freshness
  • Alcohol

Variety

Chardonnay

Flavours

  • Citrus Citrus
  • Nuts Nuts
  • Mineral Flavors Mineral Flavors
  • Apple Apple

Glass

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Serving Temperature

Cold Cold

Food pairing

  • Fish Fish
  • Seafood Seafood
  • White Meats White Meats

Maturity

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Bernard Defaix

Bernard Defaix

The fourth generation family of vine growers, Bernard Defaix started in 1959 with 2 hectares of vineyards. From the very beginning, they find a way to protect the vineyards from the spring frost and this allows them to be able to ensure a minimum amount of harvest each year. This in turn leads to stable growth of their clientele. Bernard's two sons have run the small business for the past 20 years.

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Burgundy

Burgundy

In this area, red wines are produced from one variety - Pinot Noir, but the wines actually vary in quality from light and ordinary to rich, complex and truly majestic. Burgundy is famous for its small vineyards and it is generally believed that the smaller the area of ​​the vineyard, the better the wine. The best Burgundy wines come from Côte d'Or, a strip of only 30 miles, divided in the center into 2 separate parts; Côte de Nuit to the north and Côte de Beaune to the south. The fame of Cotê de Nuits is in the red wines - 95% of Pinot Noir grapes are produced here. Of course, here are some of the best, able to age, the most exotic and expensive wines. The Côte de Beaune produces approximately 38% white wine, 60% red wine and 2% sparkling wine. The white wine variety is exclusively Chardonnay, and the quality varies from the best, Montrachets and Corton Charlemagnes, Meursault, Puligny and Chassagne to the more ordinary Macon Blanc. The former are traditionally aged in small oak barrels, while Macon wines are usually lighter in character and have a good value for money. The red wines from Beaune do not have the fame of their "brothers" from Côte de Nuit, with exceptions here are those who come from Pomard, Corton and Volney. In general, they are lighter in style, but depending on the harvest they can show potential that successfully competes with the Côte de Nuits and beyond.

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the world's most famous white-wine grape and also one of the most widely planted. Of course, the most highly regarded expressions of the variety are those from Burgundy and California, but many high-quality examples are made in Italy, Australia, New Zealand and parts of South America. Describing the flavours of Chardonnay is not easy. This is not thanks to the complexity of the varietal itself but usually due its susceptibility to winemaking techniques - such as Malolactic fermentation which gives distinctive buttery aromas or Fermentation or maturation in oak barrels which contributes to the wine with smokey notes of vanilla, honey and even cinnamon, and not last the lees contact while in barrel imparts biscuity, doughy flavours. And all these incorporated with the varietal aromas of tropical (banana, pineapple and guava) to stone fruits (peach, nectarine and apricot), sometimes even citrus and apple notes. Climate plays a major role in dictating which fruit flavours a Chardonnay will have - warm regions (California, Australia ) make more tropical styles; temperate zones (southern Burgundy, New Zealand) - stone fruit notes, while the very coolest (Chablis, Champagne) lean towards green-apple aromas.

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