Domaine Bruno Clair - Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint Jacques - 2017 - 750 ml
WHAT THE WINEMAKER IS 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 hectare. The Clos Saint-Jacques is worked by five wine growers. Each owns a plot which extends upwards on the slope. This brings a great balance to the wines. The vines of Bruno Clair are particularly remarkable, thanks to the "massale" selection (visual selection of the most robust vineplants) made by Bruno's father more than 30 years ago. Le Clos Saint-Jacques always produces a fine, complex wine with an amazing ageing potential.
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.
DID YOU KNOW?
1/ Joseph Clair, Bruno Clair’s grandfather, joined the artillery. One day his regiment was disbanded and he had to stay in Marsannay. That is when he met his future wife. When they settled together in Burgundy in 1919 they created the Domaine Clair-Daü in Marsannay.
2/ In 1992, Bruno decided to reduce drastically the treatments at the domaine. Today a major part of the domaine (2/3) is farmed biodynamically.
3/ Bernard Clair used to sharecrop a large portion of his Bonnes Mares. In 2006 Bruno Clair started to retrieve bit by bit the Bonnes Mares of his father. 43 ares in 2006, 22 ares in 2012 and the rest - 1ha - in 2016.
· Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
· Surface: 1 hectare
· Age of the vines: Half planted in 1957, half in 1972 (sélection massale)
· Terroir: Considered the most prestigious of the Gevrey Chambertin 1er Crus, the shallow soils here are mostly brownish limestone.
· 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.