Domaine Bruno Clair - Bonnes Mares Grand Cru - 2017 - 750 ml
WHAT THE WINEMAKERS ARE SAYING
"2017 vintage displays wines that are on the fruit but with a robust backneck. They will be enjoyable quite quickly. 2017 makes me think of 2011 vintage but with more depth. They are wines that express the pure aromas of the Pinot, of Burgundy's terroirs" Bruno Clair — January 2019
1.65 hectare, mainly on the Morey-Saint-Denis side - by the Clos de Tart. Only 7 ares are located on the Chambolle side. Wines from the Morey side are more powerful than the Chambolle ones. His plots are a mix of white and red marl soils. For Bruno, though, what is key is to have vineyards from top to bottom of the appellation. The top brings the elegance and the bottom the expression of power and robustness. In 2017 & 2018, Bruno told us he vinified the top and bottom parts separately. Not in order to do two distinctive cuvées but more for research purposes, to understand better each part of the appellation.
Bruno Clair is the son of Bernard Clair (1920-2005) and the grandson of Joseph Clair (1889-1971), originator of the famous Domaine ClairDaü which was founded in Marsannay in 1919. Following Joseph’s death, family disagreements led to the dismantling of the Domaine Clair-Daü in 1985. In 1986, Bruno was entrusted with the vineyards of his parents, brothers and sisters which included those of Clos de Bèze, Cazetiers, Clos Saint-Jacques, Vosne-Romanée, Clos du Fonteny and Chambolle-Musigny. More vineyards were purchased by Bruno Clair in 1993, including Corton-Charlemagne, PernandVergelesses and Aloxe-Corton. In 1996 Gevrey-Chambertin "Petite Chapelle" was added to bring the size of the domaine to more than 23 hectares.
Bruno is working with his wife Isabelle and his son Edouard joined the Domaine in 2012. Very involved in the vine cultivation, Edouard is progressively converting the Domaine to organic production. In 2018, Bruno & Isabelle's second son Arthur joined the Domaine and he will work on the commercial dimension.
· Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
· Surface: 1.65 hectare
· Age of the vines: Half planted in 1946 and half in 1980
· Terroir: The domaine’s plot is located in the commune of Morey St Denis, next to Clos de Tart, on white, mostly limestone soils.
· Viticulture: Lutte raisonnée. No insecticides or herbicides, and soils are plowed regularly.
· Vinification: Grapes are hand-harvested, sorted and mostly destemmed (in great vintages, up to 20% of whole clusters may be retained for the top crus). Gentle transfer to open wooden vats, where the fruit is cooled to 17° or 18°C if necessary. Natural yeast alcoholic fermentation. Gentle extraction, mostly by pump-over with some occasional punch-downs. Temperature is limited to 32 to 34°C maximum.
· Aging: The wine ages in barrel (0 to 50% new oak). Full malolactic fermentation, usually in spring. Total élevage lasts about 18 months, followed by a short blending period in tank before bottling.