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Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2022

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Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre  2022
Producer Domaine Bernard Defaix
Region, Country Chablis, France
Bottle Size 750ml
Product Code 23233-750

Diam. Unlike Côte de Léchet, Defaix’s Monty is made from purchased fruit. Didier Defaix tells us he has worked with the same grower for 20 years. Although the vineyards are not organically certified, the family “works like us” (that is to say, he’s very happy with the quality). The Montée de Tonnerre is drawn from old vines in Chapelot, which forms 20 hectares of the vineyard on a similar southeast-facing aspect to the neighbouring Grands Crus. The vineyard’s iconic grower is, of course, Raveneau, although Moreau-Naudet, Billaud-Simon and others farm vines in this prestigious lieu-dit. This cuvée ferments with native yeasts entirely in used barrels (one to five years old) with regular bâtonnage. The wine is bottled after 12 months. From the outstanding, balanced 2022 vintage, it’s a textbook Monty with striking minerality enhanced by succulent yellow fruits, flowers and confit citrus, with all the saturated flavours pulled into the long, crushed-oyster-shell finish. Another damn-fine-value white Burgundy.

Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre  2022

Reviews

“A fine pale primrose. This also has ripe fruit, but sensual rather than exotic. Yellow plums covered in a saline wash, very classic for the appellation. This is very lovely in the style of its vineyard. Excellent aftertaste. Drink from 2027-2033.”
91-94 points, Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy

Reviews

“A fine pale primrose. This also has ripe fruit, but sensual rather than exotic. Yellow plums covered in a saline wash, very classic for the appellation. This is very lovely in the style of its vineyard. Excellent aftertaste. Drink from 2027-2033.”
91-94 points, Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy

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