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Bruno Clair Source des Roches
20 July 2018

Marsannay is an appellation that should be on every Burgundy lover’s radar. As prices in Burgundy have escalated in the past few years, this humble village remains a real insider’s secret. Situated at the northern tip of the Cote d’Or, this appellation boasts some of the best value, terroir-driven wines on the market… at least for now... Unbeknownst to many, the best Marsannays hail from small disparate patches of limestone-dominant soils, energising the wines with succulent fruit and cool mineral personalities that don’t require a decade to reveal themselves. For a fine white Burgundy from smart terroir, a stellar vintage, and at a fraction of your average Cote de Beaune, one need look no further than Bruno Clair’s Source des Roches 2014.

This is a wine that has terroir oozing from every pore. A miniscule production compared to his regular white Marsannay, Source des Roches is a selection of parcels from the higher slopes of Marsannay above Les Longeroies, Les Étalles, Les Vaudenelles and Les Roseys where the soils are poor and extremely stony. A superb blend of 85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Blanc, aged in a mixture of neutral tanks and oak foudres, this offers a unique greengage character married to those distinctive more traditional Burgundian mineral notes of salt and crushed rocks. Sumptuous yet savoury, fruity but characterful, this is a beautifully balanced 2014 that punches well above its weight.

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