Gevrey Chambertin, Clos St Jacques, 1er Cru
Bruno Clair

Gevrey Chambertin, Clos St Jacques, 1er Cru, 2018




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Bruno Clair, Gevrey Chambertin, Clos St Jacques, 1er Cru, 2018


Justerini & Brooks Tasting note

Bruno Clair, Gevrey Chambertin, Clos St Jacques, 1er Cru, 2018

More backward than the Cazetiers but higher-toned and crisper on the nose. The palate is ethereal, taut and offers high-definition flavours of cherry, cherry stone and plum. Wild, fresh and bracing with the power and density to back it up. The flavours are complex and serious, emerging gradually and slowly from the glass but persist and haunt when they do. One of Gevrey’s great Premiers Crus situated high up on the slope, many believe it to be more deserving of Grand Cru status than a number of Gevrey’s more dubious Grands Crus. This high situation and red clay-based soils make for wines of freshness, tension and well-defined structure. The vineyard was planted in 1957, a massale selection of Pinot Fine made by Bruno's father, resulting in low yields - rarely more than 30hl/ha.

Neal Martin, Vinous

The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 1er Cru has a well-defined bouquet. Dark cherries mingle with iodine and light pressed flower aromas, just a touch of graphite underneath. This will need time to knit together. The palate is medium-bodied with a concentrated opening, layers of black cherry and bilberry fruit with a fair lacquer of new oak. Fine balance, a pinch of cracked black pepper and thyme emerge towards the finish. This has a long aftertaste but it will clearly need time. Tasted blind at the Burgfest 2018 red tasting.
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Bruno Clair

Bruno Clair

Bruno Clair started his own domaine in 1979 with small holdings in Marsannay, Fixin, Morey and Savigny Dominode. Alongside this sat his family's Clair-Dau estate, one of the great Burgundian domaines, however following the death of his grandfather Joseph Clair family disaggreements sadly lead to its dismantling in 1985. The following year, to add to his own small domaine, Bruno was entrusted with the vineyards of his parents, brothers and sisters which included those of Clos de Bèze, Cazetiers, Clos St-Jacques, Vosne-Romanée, Clos du Fonteny and Chambolle-Musigny. Bruno Clair’s wings are spread widely over the Côte d’Or covering nine appellations in total.

Bruno, first and foremost, is a vigneron adopting an approach that involves back-breaking vineyard work and minimal intervention winemaking, using a mixture of large old wooden foudres and smaller barriques for the long slow ageing process. New oak, though used, is kept relatively low - rarely going above 40% even for the Grands Crus. Edouard and Arthur Clair, Bruno's sons, are an exciting, committed new generation gradually taking over, gently introducing a few enhancements such as increased whole bunch percentages and less sulphur usage. There is no doubt that Bruno Clair have upped their game over the last ten years and have well and truly broken into the top league of estates in the Côte de Nuits.

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