Clos de Bèze is always so different in character to Bruno’s Clos St. Jacques, Clos de Bèze is usually much more open, bigger-framed and more immediate, although often less high-toned. The 2009 is hugely impressive - long, toned but muscular, this shows rich velvety fruit characteristics of bramble, cherry, bilberry and loganberry with a strong earthiness and sweet Asian spice element.
Born out of the old the Clair-Dau estate, Bruno Clair’s wings are spread widely over the Côte d’Or covering nine appellations in total. Bruno, fi rst and foremost, is a vigneron and, with the help of winemaker Philippe Brun, produces some of Burgundy’s purest examples, 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. The estate is renowned, in particular, for its excellent value Marsannays, stunning Gevreys and old vines Savigny Cuvées.
A 12.9 hectare vineyard in the commune of Gevrey-Chambertin in the Côte de Nuits. Chambertin is one half of Le Chambertin, the other half being Chambertin Clos de Bèze which is slightly bigger at 15.4ha. Chambertin has always produced some of the most intense and serious red Burgundy there is and was purportedly drunk by Napoleon during his campaigns. Today it is still one of Burgundy's very greatest Grands Crus. The wines are more brooding and closed in their youth than those of Clos de Bèze and age extremely well. Among the arch exponents are Armand Rousseau, Leroy, Trapet, Rossignol-Trapet, Denis Mortet and Louis Remy.