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2005 Daniel-Etienne Defaix Chablis Les Lys

Light label condition issue

Removed from protected passive storage in a temperature controlled home; Purchased upon release; Consignor is original owner

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RATINGS

93The Wine Advocate

Dramatic aromas of blanched almonds, beeswax, honey and preserved lemon...full-bodied, textural wine that's rich, concentrated and structured...

90Burghound.com

...floral and seaweed inflected nose is airy and high-toned with pretty and nicely refined middle weight flavors that are supple yet precise, all wrapped around a ripe core of acidity and an energetic finish where notes of oyster shell can be found too.

17Jancis Robinson

Very cool, dense and sleek. Still with fine-boned fruit counterbalanced by rather beautiful acidity and no hint of middle-aged wet-wool character. Very long.

REGION

France, Burgundy, Chablis, Les Lys

Chablis is the northernmost region of Burgundy, located just 110 miles southeast of Paris. It is also one of the region’s most historic, and by some measures most under-rated, appellations. In the 19th century Chablis included 100,000 acres of vineyards and supplied Paris with much of its red and white wine. Today Chablis has just 7,000 acres of AOC vineyards, having lost many to the 19th century phylloxera scourge. Chablis is admired by white wine cognoscenti, however, for its Chardonnays, which are notably different from the Chardonnays produced further south. Chardonnay is the only grape grown for the Chablis appellation – there are no red wines. Chablis has seven Grand Cru vineyards and twenty-two Premier Crus. Given its northern location, harvests are not dependable in Chablis. But in good years the wines are generally described as “flinty,” meaning more acidic, steely, austere and mineral tasting than the fuller, fruitier Chardonnays of the Côte d’ Or. In the 20th century, Chablis’ wider recognition as a venerable wine-producing region suffered from the fact that bulk wine producers in California and Australia made unappealing white jug wine blends of various white grapes, rarely including Chardonnay, which they marketed as “Chablis.”

TYPE

White Wine, Chardonnay, Chablis Premier Cru

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.