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Domaine BRUNO CLAIR Marsannay 'Les Longerois' 2018
Domaine BRUNO CLAIR Marsannay 'Les Longerois' 2018

Domaine BRUNO CLAIR Marsannay 'Les Longerois' 2018

$390

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SKU:

44785663
" Of the Clair Marsannay lieux-dits, Les Longeroies is, at the same time, the most serious and the most refined. ."
  • Wine Region: Burgundy - France
  • Terroir: Upper part has limestone slabs, lower part has thick reddish marl
  • Grape: Pinot Noir (100%)
  • Color: Red 
  • Farming: Sustainable (converting to organic)

Etymology: Longeroies is a combination of the words longe meaning “long and narrow.” Roie means “furrow,” a long narrow trench made in the ground by a plow.

Site: Les Longeroies is a very large vineyard spanning a kilometer from north to south. It is divided into three parcels: Dessus des Longeroies, Bas des Longeroies, and En Montchenevoy. The three parcels total 36 hectares (89 acres). The vineyard sits at 275-meters elevation. The slope is moderate. It faces southeast.

Soil: The soils are thinner at the top (30-40 cm) and deeper at the bottom of the slope (70-80 cm). In general, the soil of Bas Longeroies is gravelly, and light reddish-orange to tan in color. The soils here contain a mixture of many different types of limestone coming from many different places. The western portion of the vineyard is dominated by the limestone found upslope and from the combe to the southwest, whereas the eastern portion of the vineyard at the bottom of the slope is dominated by ancient alluvium from the Ouche river.

Clair parcel: Bruno owns several parcels throughout Bas des Longeroies. They run the entire length of the slope. They include some of the oldest vines of the domaine. Half of the vines were planted in 1926 and the other half, between 1979 and 1985.

Tasting notes: Floral, red currants and wet stone aromas on the nose. Medium-bodied with crisp tannin, juicy and intense on the palate with aromas of red fruits, liquorice and mineral notes. Smooth and beautiful finish.

93 / 100 Vinous 

"The 2018 Marsannay Les Longeroies has a perfumed and quite floral bouquet whose violet-tinged red fruit reveals hints of blueberry with time in the glass. The palate is very harmonious, displaying chalky tannins, superb acidity and an almost citric freshness toward the tensile, lingering finish. An oyster shell note appears on the aftertaste. This is another superb Marsannay from Bruno Clair." Neal Martin

93 / 100 Decanter

For the time being, Marsannay doesn’t have any Premiers Crus, but this will surely be among them soon. Made with fruit from six parcels, divided equally between the high and low parts of the lieu-dit, it's what Bruno Clair calls a 'very complete' expression of Les Longeroies: delicate, aromatic and detailed with refreshing acidity and minerality and fine wild strawberry fruit. Drinking Window 2022 - 2028.

92 / 100 Burghound.com 

A very ripe nose is comprised primarily by notes of cassis, plum and violet though there are forest floor and earth nuances lurking in the background. The more refined and very well-detailed middle weight flavors exude a subtle minerality before culminating in a firm and serious but finer finish. Lovely stuff that should easily reward up to a decade of cellaring while being approachable after only 5 to 6 years. Worth checking out

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.

 

Region

Burgundy

Producer

Domaine Bruno Clair

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