Daniel-Etienne Defaix

Domaine du Vieux Chateau Vaillon Chablis 1er Cru Chardonnay

9.2101 ratings
9.422 pro ratings
Chablis, Burgundy, France
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Gregory Fulchiero

Developed, tart but nice contrast with toffee notes. Great to see this curve.

Developed, tart but nice contrast with toffee notes. Great to see this curve.

Aug 25th, 2022
Will Stanley

My first time trying a wine from Daniel-Etinne Defaix, a Chablis winemaker known for releasing some of his wines very late to the market (this 2006 is on release now, a full sixteen years after the vintage).

How it looks: A flash of green through the amber hue already drops this into Chablis for the blind taster.

How it smells: seduction in a glass, everything you want from Chardonnay with age. From primary to tertiary, every aroma sits in perfect balance with the others in the glass. There’s bitter lemon, burnt butter, vanilla, peach and that delightful hint of honey that Chardonnay shows with age.

How it sips: lean, intense and complex on the palate, with great tension and acidity, and a fantastic sense of water on rock. Surprisingly, this showed better on the second night - by some margin, too. It fully opened up on the palate, with tremendous width and shocking drinkability.

Ultimately, this is an incredibly pure expression of Chardonnay from the Vaillons climat without much intrusion of oak. And heck, this has acidity for days - so I’d love to try it again in ten years, for fun.

Enjoyed with lemon sole on the second night, which I must say provided great emotion.

My first time trying a wine from Daniel-Etinne Defaix, a Chablis winemaker known for releasing some of his wines very late to the market (this 2006 is on release now, a full sixteen years after the vintage).

How it looks: A flash of green through the amber hue already drops this into Chablis for the blind taster.

How it smells: seduction in a glass, everything you want from Chardonnay with age. From primary to tertiary, every aroma sits in perfect balance with the others in the glass. There’s bitter lemon, burnt butter, vanilla, peach and that delightful hint of honey that Chardonnay shows with age.

How it sips: lean, intense and complex on the palate, with great tension and acidity, and a fantastic sense of water on rock. Surprisingly, this showed better on the second night - by some margin, too. It fully opened up on the palate, with tremendous width and shocking drinkability.

Ultimately, this is an incredibly pure expression of Chardonnay from the Vaillons climat without much intrusion of oak. And heck, this has acidity for days - so I’d love to try it again in ten years, for fun.

Enjoyed with lemon sole on the second night, which I must say provided great emotion.

May 1st, 2022
Ed Lehrman

Singing. 2005 and could be 2015 it is so fresh.

Singing. 2005 and could be 2015 it is so fresh.

Jul 21st, 2020
Brian S

The ever evolving 1er Cru. Green apples, green plum, hazelnuts, high acidity, tasted just a few years old.

The ever evolving 1er Cru. Green apples, green plum, hazelnuts, high acidity, tasted just a few years old.

Dec 21st, 2018
Brendan Baker

Lemon curd, mineral, unbelievably bright and fresh for 16 yrs old ✨

Lemon curd, mineral, unbelievably bright and fresh for 16 yrs old ✨

1 person found it helpfulFeb 1st, 2021
Josh Morgenthau

Crushed coral nose with lemon curd and caramel apple. Surprisingly fresh on the palate with good concentration, lots of poise and a throbbing acidity. Buttery finish that lingers and lingers. This reminds me why I love Chablis and french wine in general. Great value.

Crushed coral nose with lemon curd and caramel apple. Surprisingly fresh on the palate with good concentration, lots of poise and a throbbing acidity. Buttery finish that lingers and lingers. This reminds me why I love Chablis and french wine in general. Great value.

1 person found it helpfulJul 23rd, 2020
Matt

This was bomb. Fresh, terroir driven, complex and lengthy, a true wine of place and vintage. So much textural depth and grip as well. Struck flint, crushed oyster shell, crisp orchard fruits and lemon, sea spray, loads of earth and cheese rind. So vibrant and alive. I could drink this everyday

This was bomb. Fresh, terroir driven, complex and lengthy, a true wine of place and vintage. So much textural depth and grip as well. Struck flint, crushed oyster shell, crisp orchard fruits and lemon, sea spray, loads of earth and cheese rind. So vibrant and alive. I could drink this everyday

1 person found it helpfulSep 1st, 2019
Lee Pitofsky

From the fabulous ‘05 vintage, complex and with very good depth and balance, yellow apple, minerals, lemon curd. Lingering finish.

From the fabulous ‘05 vintage, complex and with very good depth and balance, yellow apple, minerals, lemon curd. Lingering finish.

1 person found it helpfulMar 21st, 2019
Gil Krakowsky

Well understood that these old defaixs show significant bottle variation. Slight nose with an initial burst of green apple and nutty oxidized notes. Very limited initially on the palate but giving way to more green apple, nuts, preserved lemon with a saline undetone@that is integrated and classix, although accompanied by a dry bitter note that indicates past peak. Refreshing and strong acidity, finishing with a surprising burst of energy. Pleasant, but underdelivers for location and vintage

Well understood that these old defaixs show significant bottle variation. Slight nose with an initial burst of green apple and nutty oxidized notes. Very limited initially on the palate but giving way to more green apple, nuts, preserved lemon with a saline undetone@that is integrated and classix, although accompanied by a dry bitter note that indicates past peak. Refreshing and strong acidity, finishing with a surprising burst of energy. Pleasant, but underdelivers for location and vintage

1 person found it helpfulDec 13th, 2018
Sylvain Rhainds

2002! Très très beau Chablis!!!!

2002! Très très beau Chablis!!!!

1 person found it helpfulJul 2nd, 2018