Domaine Bruno Clair - Gevrey Chambertin - 1er Cru Clos du Fonteny - 2010 - 750 ml
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos de Fonteny is the monopole of the Domaine. Fonteny is derived from the old French Fontenil which meant a small spring.
Fonteny is 3.73 ha vineyard at the northern end of Gevrey’s grands crus, just after Ruchottes-Chambertin. It sits at 285 to 300 meters' altitude, has a gentle to moderate gradient, and faces east. Jasper Morris believes is “one of the most interesting premiers crus” in Gevrey-Chambertin, partly because of the talent of some of its owners: Bruno Clair, Joseph Roty, and Christian Serafin.
Bruno Clair is the son of Bernard Clair (1920-2005) and the grandson of Joseph Clair (1889-1971), originator of the famous Domaine Clair-Daü 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 St-Jacques, Vosne-Romanée, Clos du Fonteny and Chambolle- Musigny. More vineyards were purchased by the estate in 1993, including Corton- Charlemagne, Pernand-Vergelesses and Aloxe-Corton, and in 1996 Gevrey- Chambertin Petite Chapelle was added to bring the size of the Domaine to more than 23 hectares (56.8326 acres).
Bruno Clair maintains a rigorous selection of the best vines of pinot noir and chardonnay. This selection also concentrates on finding vines that have a good resistance to diseases and are free from viruses. With regard to viticulture, Domaine Bruno Clair believes in the total absence of chemical fertilizers and the exclusive use of compost.
The wine used to be a little austere, but like most people in Burgundy, Clair, of late, is extracting much less. Today, there is a delicacy of fruit, the result of shallow and non-iron-rich clays. It still has a mineral spine, but it is very much in balance. It is a very lifted expression of Pinot, especially in the context of Gevrey-Chambertin, which is generally known for power.
From: France, Burgundy, Cote de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin
Variety: Pinot Noir