Beautifully defined, bright red cherry fruit mixed with hedgerow berry characteristics; less immediate than the Vaudenelles but more
substance. Very good, sophisticated Marsannay. If ever there was to be a Premier Cru in Marsannay, the Longeroies would surely
be a prime candidate.
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.
The northernmost appellation of the Côte de Nuits. Marsannay is the only Burgundian commune that boasts appellation contrôlée status for red, white, and rosé. The appellation also includes the vineyards of Couchey and Chenove. Prior to 1987, the wines were sold simply as "Bourgogne" followed by the "Marsannay" or "Rosé de Marsannay" designation. The Pinot Noir Rosé is a speciality of the village pioneered in 1919 by Joseph Clair, it can offer considerable pedigree and quality. The reds, when made properly, can be some of Burgundy's best value reds, full of Pinot Noir character, some terroir complexity they are usually relatively light, certainly lighter than those of neighbour Fixin, but offer very pleasureable drinking for within 5-6 years of the vintage. The whites are made from Chardonnay but some Pinot Blanc can be found, too, they are plump fruity and sometimes quite exotic examples of White Burgundy, and, again, can be extremely good value.