Marsannay, Les Vaudenelles
    Bruno Clair

    Marsannay, Les Vaudenelles,



    Bruno Clair, Marsannay, Les Vaudenelles, 2018

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Bruno Clair, Marsannay, Les Vaudenelles, 2018

    The deepest, most perfectly-formed Vaudenelles we can remember tasting. Typically crisp and fresh with crunchy fruit notes of plum and cherry, yet with more underlying power and structure than usual. It has a depth and flesh to counteract the racy forest berry and stony mineral flavours. Marsannay of ripeness and verve. Fermented with 30% whole bunches and aged in predominantly used oak barrels.

    Neal Martin, Vinous
    The 2018 Marsannay Les Vaudenelles was one of the earliest picked at the domaine. It comes across quite reduced on the nose, but the palate is well balanced, with oodles of Pinoté - so transparent and lively that you could almost drink this now. Beautiful, albeit not long-term!
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    Drinking Window:
    2021 - 2032


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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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