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Domaine Bernard Defaix, France

Spending time in Didier and Sylvain’s company you immediately understand the energy and effort that is put into their wines, or more correctly, their vines and land.

Situated a little north of the eponymous village of Chablis the brothers have some of the best situated vineyards in the whole of the region and their efforts to coax the best from the soil is incredible. This translates directly into the wines which are powerful, textural and capable of considerable development. Certified organic and with bio-dynamic influences the gentle caring approach of the Defaix boys makes their wines flagship examples of why Chablis is so special.


Since 2009 Bernard Defaix has ben officially certified as Organic. For many years the Domaine had been moving towards a sustainable and more ecologically friendly way of farming. Organic farming is the logical result of all this work and some biodynamic practises are now also being introduced. The soils are from the Upper Jurassic period (Kimmeridgean only for all our plots). The plots are located on hillsides facing South-East. Yields are kept to 48hl/ha.

  • Vineyards certified organic in 2009. Winery certified organic in 2012.
  • Expermentation with Biodynamic methods such as Horn Manure and Herb Teas.
  • Powerful textured and layered wines with great aging potential.