About the Wine
Les Hauts de Milly is produced by the outstanding and well-established artisanal Chablis producer Domaine Bernard Defaix. Bernard and Monique Defaix began with 2 hectares in 1959 and today with a lot of hard work the estate owns 27 hectares in Chablis and 6 hectares in Rully (Cote de Chalonnaise). Since the late 1990’s the Domaine has been managed by Bernard and Monique’s two sons Sylvain and Didier Defaix. Didier manages the vineyards while Sylvain is in charge of vinification and aging. Helene Jaeger-Defaix, the wife of Didier, is the owner of the Rully vineyards and manages the commercial aspects of the domain.
The Domaine is located in the village of Milly, less than 1km NW of Chablis. The Domaine was certified organic in 2009 (Ecocert). They also use various preparations for a biodynamic approach. The wines here are impeccably made and showcase the deep limestone soils that have made Chablis world famous.
Chablis is loved by wine geeks and everyday drinkers alike for its characteristic minerality and finesse. Chablis' distinct terroir is due to a unique soil type found only in Chablis, Champagne, and southern England called Kimmeridgian. An ancient soil, 180 million-year-old to be exact, made up of clay and limestone that contains fossilized oyster shells. These fossilized sea creatures are attributed to Chablis being such an excellent pairing for oysters and fresh seafood. In addition to the minerality, Chablis is known for its incredible structure and mouthwatering salinity. If you haven't had the pleasure of falling in love with Chablis yet, what are you waiting for?
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Tasting Notes: 100% Chardonnay. The wine is characterized by its freshness, power, and tenacity. The bouquet displays a dominance of mineral notes, which are often associated with delicate touches of citrus fruit (lemon and grapefruit).
Domaine Bernard Defaix is a highly-rated family estate based in Milly, with the vines for this bottling averaging 30 years age. Ten months lees aging adds to the complexity on both the nose and palate. Refined, classy, and complex characters on show here, which meld beautifully with the ripe peachy fruit notes. A very fine, expressive, distinctive Chablis which is ready to drink now but will age very well for many years. ~92 Decanter (v. 2019)
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