Jaeger Defaix Rully 1er Cru Les Cloux 2018
A complete, gorgeous wine, expressive, with great minerality, freshness and texture. With floral notes and a sweet bouquet of baked apples and brioche, this wine resembles a fine Meursault; on the palate, the wine adroitly balances power and firm minerality. Aged 100% in barrels (20% new), it shows great ripeness and complexity through the spicy and toasty finish.
This 6.5-hectare domaine in Rully attained its organic certification in 2015, only to lose it the following year when Helene Jaeger-Defaix opted to perform three chemical treatments in the hope of salvaging some of their harvest. Working with an enviable palette that emphasizes some of the commune’s most historically celebrated premiers crus, the peculiarity of the domaine is that the wines are actually vinified at Domaine Bernard Defaix in Chablis, over which Helene’s husband Didier presides. These are well-made, flavorful reds and whites that are worth seeking out. - William Kelley
The Rully 1er Cru Les Cloux hails from massal selection vines between 45 and 60 years old. This is the brightest and most precise of Jaeger-Defaix’s whites, offering up notes of lime, green orchard fruit, peach and white flowers. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied and delicate, with attractive purity and a long, succulent finish.
Fourth generation from a family of vine-growers, Bernard Defaix started with 2 ha in 1959. From this period, a method to protect the vineyard against spring frost was discovered. Thanks to this, the vine-growers could be sure to have a minimum of harvest every year and so they began to develop stable trade markets. The two sons of Bernard have been managing the domain since twenty years or so. Sylvain is in charge of the vinification, the ageing, the bottling and the preparation of orders. Didier takes care of the vineyard and the general management of the domain. Helene, Didier’s wife, looks after the administrative and the commercial part. So, from the vine to the final customer, the family looks after all the operations!