I’ve always been a massive fan of Defaix wine since my early days at the Tribeca Grill. It’s an expressive and seductive Burgundy that never let me down regardless of vintage. The 2017 Clos du Chapitre is a well-balanced pure red fruited wine which captures the spirit of '17. It offers crushed raspberry, wild strawberry, a touch of fresh mint and rocky minerality with focused acidity. It’s light and lively with an attractive clean-cut finish. Delicious! - Daniel
This elegant Burgundy has wonderful aromatic clarity, a delicate red fragrance leavened with abundant floral suggestions. It is also wonderfully rooted in place, a classic expression of Rully in its characteristically soft, fragrant way. At this price point, one rightly expects deliciousness; this wine surprises in that it is also genuinely interesting, a wine to build a meal around. I’d opt for roasted cod with mushrooms and a simple red wine sauce. - Jason
Unlike Daniel and Jason I was unfamiliar with Defaix Frères (now Jaeger-Defaix) reds as made by Hélène Jaeger-Defaix. Tasting the 2017 Clos du Chapitre, I was very impressed. The wine is transparent and energetic, pouring very pale ruby in the glass. Made in an elegant, light and floral style, there's a good mix of bright red cherry and cranberry on the nose along with earth and cloves. The palate has more body than you'd expect and fine backward tannins. A wine equally happy with food as on its own, it is another excellent reminder that the dramatic landscape of Rully is capable of yielding fine Red Burgundy at excellent value.