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Etymology: lit. “Fat heads,” which refers to large outcroppings of bedrock. In French, the top of the bedrock is called the head.
Site: Les Grasses Têtes is 8 hectares (19.8 acres). It stretches from the houses in the village all the way to the top of the slope, at 280 to 335-meters elevation. The slope is moderate, with a gradient of 10%. It faces east.
Soil: The soils of Les Grasses Têtes are constituted of dark red, iron-rich, water-retentive, heavy clay. They contain 20-25% angular gravel and small cobble that come from the nearby bedrock. There is a 15 cm deep topsoil horizon. Then, there is a 1 to 1.5-meter layer of soil mixed with huge boulders and laves originating from the bedrock (the “fat heads”).
Clair parcels: Bruno has multiple parcels scattered across the vineyard, totaling 2.02 hectares (5 acres). The vines were planted between 1969 and 1973.
Tasting notes: Marsannay Les Grasses Tetes has aromas of red and dark fruit, prune and a slight hint of wood from the barrel élevage. The red and dark fruit (blackcurrant in particular) continues on the palate along with volume, flavour and a pleasing acidic quality. The tannins are fairly soft. Overall this is a precise and delicious wine with a beautiful long finish.
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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