TN: 2008 Daniel-Etienne Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons

2008 Daniel-Etienne Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons - France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru (12/2/2022)
More green apple sauteed in brown butter, dried honey advancement...not as fresh as the 04 Les Lys just had, and a 05 Vaillons from Raveneau last week blows this out of the water. Not terrible...some nice spice, and crushed lemon citrus...but drinks more like an aged Meursault in richness than a 1er Chablis. No sea air funk...limestone chalk. Disappointing first bottle...hope there are better ones left from the sixer. **87pts** EDIT This actually brightened up after 2 days...showing a wonderful beam of lemon citrus now instead of the brown butter saute, with the dried honey and apple pie spice more a nuance. Hmmm...this is actually quite an amazing turn in this wine??? The ox is now like a bubble-less Krug??? Holy Cow...reminds me of the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay! ;-) Will air out the next bottle. 93pts now! (93 points)

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Did you just grab this from WHWC on Black Friday? I couldn’t pass these up for $35/bottle.


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Thanks for the note. I’ve definitely noticed almost all of D-E Defaix benefit from a lot of air. 03 Les Lys has been the only outlier for me. Just had the 17 Chablis VV tonight that was a totally different wine 2 hours in compared to pnp. Tropical and almost sauv blanc like to start then classic chablis by hour 2. I have 1/2 the bottle left for tomorrow, which I have high hopes for. I was asleep at the wheel for the WHWC offer. Should have loaded up

I actually just enjoyed the 2005 of the same wine. Even my partner who doesn’t drink much exclaimed how good it was. We PnP’ed it.

heard rumors of oxidized 08. My one bottle tasted was fine