The family behind Les Hauts de Milly, Didier Defaix and Hélène Jaeger-Defaix, own vineyards in both Chablis and Rully through marriage. The winery and cellar is located in the small village of Milly, on the left bank of the Serein, where all the grapes are brought for vinification so they can keep a watchful eye over the quality and ageing of the wine.
Didier’s family has 27 hectares of vines in Chablis, which are farmed organically. Like many producers, they lost their organic certification in 2016 due to the merciless weather but have since returned to organic farming. The Chablis comes from 12 hectares of vines on Kimmeridgian soils, giving the wine the classic gunflint and wet stone aromas.
Grapes for the Chablis 1er Cru ‘Côte de Lechet’ come from 25 different parcels in a nine hectare vineyard on a steep southeast facing slope. The grapes for the Bourgogne Blanc come from vineyards in the Côte d’Auxerre, 15km south of Chablis, giving a fresher, racier style of wine than Bourgogne Chardonnay from regions to the south. The Rully 1er Cru ‘Mont-Palais’ comes from two parcels in a 1 hectare vineyard, on clay and limestone soils, that belongs to Hélène’s family. The vines have been farmed organically since 2009..