The fourth generation from a family of vine-growers, Bernard Defaix started with two hectares in 1959. At that time a method to protect the vineyards against spring frost was discovered and the vine-growers could now be sure to have a minimum of harvest every year and began to develop a more stable trade and living.
Bernard two sons took over in the 1990’s and have been managing the domain for twenty years
- Sylvain vinifies and supervise the cellars.
- Didier takes care of the vineyards and the general management of the domain.
Helene, Didier’s wife, looks after the administrative and the commercial part.
A SUSTAINABLE AND ORGANIC FARMING.
The vineyards stretches over 27ha of Chablis 1er cru Cotes de Lechet, les Lys and Vaillons as well as Chablis ac villages and Petit Chablis.
In 2009 the vineyards were officially converted into organic farming and received the official Ecocert certification.
It was a natural evolution since for many years, farming had already moved forward a more sustainable and ecological way.
Ploughing is done to maintain the soil and to burry the weeds.
Only sulphur and copper is used for the vineyard protection and therefore it has to be used as properly as possible in order to reach the best efficiency without spraying too much nor too often.
Considering this new context, the winery focus on the plant to get back to its central role and helping it to fight against parasites. Didier also uses various preparations borrowed to the biodynamic approach: the 500P (horn manure) for the soils vitality, the 501 to stimulate the foliage and the photosynthesis as well as other “herb tea”.
As Didier Defaix puts it “we are getting closer to the working situation of our parents when they started, yet with two important advantages. On the one hand, we use a much higher-performance material and now have forecast tools for the weather and to evaluate the pressure of the diseases.”