Full, ripe and voluptuous but not without class or complexity. Rich, earthy fruit flavours of bramble, kirsch, plum and loganberry, incredibly long and for all of its opulent ripe fruit there is still the sense that there is a tremendous amount in reserve. With aeration more layers are unwrapped – savoury and mineral notes of stone, undergrowth herb returning to a smooth plumminess on the long finish.
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 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. New oak, though used, is kept to a minimum - rarely going above 40% even for the Grands Crus. The estate is renowned, in particular, for its excellent value Marsannays, stunning Gevreys and old vines Savigny Cuvées. Though not always a fan of whole bunch, Bruno will, from time to time, use them in certain vintages to aide more gentle extractions. These are high-toned, vivid red Burgundies of great purity.
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.