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Vinification: 30% whole-cluster, indigenous yeast fermentation in open wooden tanks, minimal punch-downs and pump-overs (one each per day in general). Aged for 18 months in barrel (up to 30% new oak).
Bruno Clair Parcel: It is 0.98 ha located in the northern third of the vineyard before it dips north. Two thirds of the vines were planted in 1912 (with narrower and more irregular rows than is customary today, and therefore with slightly higher density) and the rest in 1972. The rows go the entire slope and Bruno’s example is a complete expression of the terroir.
Tasting notes: Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru has a bright ruby red color: the nose expresses an elegant bouquet of flowers, small wild berries, and delicate spices. In the mouth it is fresh, but very soft and feminine. A classic, elegant and pleasant Gevrey Chambertin.
96 / 100 Vinous
The 2018 Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru offers plenty of brambly red berry fruit on the nose, mixed with sous-bois, cedar and light mint aromas, the latter becoming more prominent with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity and wonderful salinity on the finish, which is full of tension. Excellent. Neal Martin
94-96 / 100 Burghound
An even spicier nose reflects notes of red currant, plenty of floral influence and suggestions of earth and forest floor. There is good power and punch to the gorgeously textured broad-shouldered flavors that also terminate in a bitter fruit pit-infused finish that goes on and on. This is spectacular but note well that it is imposingly structured. Allen Meadows
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, Pernand Vergelesses 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.
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