Domaine Bernard Defaix

The domaine has village and grand cru holdings but their principle offering is 8 hectares of premier cru Côte de Lechet where the rich orchard fruit contrasts with its energetic acidity. There is also a Côte de Lechet Réserve cuvée, from a parcel of older vines, which spends time in oak – it is still elegant but has more texture and is longer on the palate.

General information

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Milly, Chablis

  • Total holdings

    40ha

  • Winemakers

    Sylvain & Didier Defaix

  • Established

    1959

  • Cultivation

    Organic (certified in 2009)

  • Website

    www.bernard-defaix.com

Wines produced

Wine Grapetype(s) Vine age Soil type Vineyard area
Bourgogne Aligoté Chardonnay - - -
Chablis Chardonnay - Kimmeridgian -
Chablis 1er cru Côte de Lechet Chardonnay - Kimmeridgian 9ha
Chablis 1er cru Côte de Lechet Vieilles Vignes Réserve Chardonnay 60 year old vines Kimmeridgian -
Chablis grand cru Bougros Chardonnay - Kimmeridgian -

Viticulture / Vinification

White wines

  • Indigenous yeasts used for fermentations
  • No oak used for the Aligoté or Chablis village
  • Bâtonnage dependent on vintage (not used in 2015)
  • Always allow full malolactic fermentation
  • 1ers crus in 20% oak (2-3% new)
  • Chablis 1er cru Côte de Lechet Vieilles Vignes Réserve spends its élevage in 50% tank, 50% oak - less than 5% is new
  • Bougros is 100% in 2-6 year old barrels