Morey St Denis, En La Rue de Vergy, Blanc, 2010

  Bruno Clair

Ample, full but vital and well defined, this offers ripe, buttery, stone fruit flavours, yet boasts great terroir intensity, too; notes of limestone chalk and roasted nut with a refreshing lime juice acidity, very sophisticated. A Chardonnay from Morey-St.-Denis is a rare thing, the vast majority of the commune being planted with Pinot Noir, but it can be exceptional. This is a wonderful vineyard with whiter and more limestone soils than is common in the Côtes de Nuits, it is thus ideally suited to Chardonnay. One of the best kept secrets in Burgundy. Year after year, Bruno’s En la Rue de Vergy delivers outstanding quality. Fermented in a mixture of oak foudres and barriques.

Contains Sulphites.

About Bruno Clair

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.

Appellation: Morey St-Denis

A commune in the Côte de Nuits district of Burgundy capable of producing excellent quality red wine, which is typically described as being a halfway house between its neighbours - the richer Gevrey-Chambertin and the lighter Chambolle-Musigny. There are four Grand Cru vineyards, from north to south: Clos de la Roche 16.9 ha, Clos St-Denis 6.6 ha, Clos des Lambrays 8.8 ha and the monopole Clos de Tart 7.5 ha, plus a small strip of Bonnes Mares overlapping from Chambolle Musigny. There are some good premier cru vineyards, among the best known include Les Ruchots, Clos de la Bussière (monopole of Georges Roumier), Les Millandes, Clos des Ormes, and Les Monts Luisants. The commune is also capable of producing excellent quality whites, but they are very rarely seen. Bruno Clair's En La Rue de Vergy is one example, another is Domaine Ponsot who produces a white from Chardonnay blended with a proportion of Pinot Blanc that had mutated from Pinot Noir vines.