2016 Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Cote De Lechet

2016 Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Cote De Lechet

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Domaine Bernard Defaix et Fils
Chablis “Côte de Léchet”  
1er Cru White barrel
Score: 90-92
Tasted: Oct 11, 2017
Drink: 2021+
Issue: 68
Sweet spot Outstanding
Producer note: Didier Defaix describes 2016 as a vintage that had a “completely chaotic growing season with seemingly one problem after another. The April frosts really hurt as did the mildew and shatter though by contrast our vines didn’t suffer much from the hail. Among these the shatter was the worst though in August we had enough sunburn damage to add to the fruit loss, in fact on an overall basis we were down fully 70% relative to a normal harvest. I felt that it was necessary to wait to pick as we just didn’t have the phenolic maturity necessary though with that said, the window to get the optimal ripeness levels was really short. We began picking on the 23rd of September and there really wasn’t much sorting required. Potential alcohols were in the 12 to 13% range and maturities were generally pretty homogenous. We did a bit of lees stirring and used a bit more wood than usual as well though this was primarily due to the very limited quantities. As to the style of the 2016s, they are completely different from the 2015 and in particular because they have better Chablis typicity as well as better terroir definition.” The now in-bottle 2015s, revisited below, are excellent wines that were bottled in September 2017. See also the related Domaine Jaeger-Defaix below in the section on the Côte Chalonnaise. (Winebow, Inc., www.winebow.com, NJ, Vigneron Imports, www.vigneronimports.com, CA, Old World Wine, www.oldworldwineco.com, CO, Winecraft, www.winecraft.us, OH and Vin de Garde Wines Ltd., www.vdgwines.com, OR, all USA; Alliance Wines, www.alliancewine.co.uk, Enotria Winecellars Ltd., www.enotria.co.uk, Flint Wines, www.flintwines.com, and Domaine Direct, www.domainedirect.co.uk, all UK).
Tasting note: This is also quite aromatically complex with its nose of mineral reduction, lemon zest, iodine and soft shellfish wisps. The sleek, pure and refined medium-bodied flavors exude a fine bead of minerality on the rich and vibrant finish that coats the palate with dry extract. Good stuff here and worth considering.

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