2008 Domaine Daniel-Etienne Defaix Les Lys. Chablis 1er Cru

    2008 Domaine Daniel-Etienne Defaix Les Lys. Chablis 1er Cru


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    2008 Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Les Lys: Again, the vines here are from southeast facing slopes in a section of Les Lys known as “Clos du Roi” (effectively a monopole of the Defaix estate). The Defaix domaine owns 3.5 hectares of this 5 hectare 1er Cru. The resulting wine is long-lived and displays remarkable finesse and length, a classic Chablis. One often encounters the flavors and aromas of bergamot, acacia and honey in the Les Lys alongside a compelling freshness, a wine of excellent tension. The average age of the vines is 45 years. Daniel Defaix, the enthusiastic gourmand that he is, enjoys this wine particularly with scallops, lobster, line-caught bar and turbot.
    Le Lys
    The flag-bearing Climat Vaillons encompasses eight Climats on the left bank, including the Lys, even though the latter seems to want to stand apart. With a north and northeast exposure, it is nestled just behind a hill, proudly perched on a promontory. It is open to the wind and benefits greatly from the morning sun at the coolest hours of the day. These natural assets provide Les Lys with a particularly healthy terroir where grapes mature slowly. The soil consists of sticky, only slightly stony clays that sit on a marly subsoil typical of the Kimmeridgian.
    • Because of its unique exposure, Chablis Premier Cru Les Lys has no equivalent. The wines from this crisp and lively Climat have great length on the palate and a moderate minerality. As the vines take their time to mature, the resulting wines are surprisingly rich and qualify as gastronomic wines. They need a few years to fully express themselves; while their minerality is beautifully developed after 2 or 3 years, they can easily age 7 to 10 years, if not more.


    • No need to go too far back in time since the name Les Lys was only first mentioned in the 19th century. This might come as a surprise, knowing that vines have been growing here since 1267! Whatever the case may be, this name probably comes from the Latin word licium (edge). The Chemin du Lys, that runs above this Climat, still winds its way to the edge of the woods. 

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