One of the oldest properties in the Chablis area, both the Miles de Noyer estate and the Vieux Chateaux are more than eight hundred years old. Since the 16th century, the Defaix family have carried on the tradition in the heart of the Chablis appellation area. The old Milly castle, where the region's first wines were made, was renovated between 1990 and 1997. It was precisely here, one thousand years ago, that the monks of Pontigny chose a number of lands to determine the Chablis appellation area; they chose only the best lands, which are those we still cultivate today.
The Domaine Daniel-Etienne Defaix extends over 25 hectares. The soil is this vineyard is typically "kimméridgien" (upper Jurassic), a clay-limestone marl with numerous fossils. The Pontigy monks chose lands with a south-east exposure that benefited from the early morning sun. This is a very important feature for a Chablis vineyard, subject to frost in spring with a high risk of loss that can affect as much as 80% of the harvest.