Domaine Bruno Clair - Marsannay - Source des Roches - Blanc - 2018 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
This is a wine that has terroir oozing from every pore. A miniscule production compared to his regular white Marsannay, Source des Roches is a selection of parcels from the higher slopes of Marsannay above Les Longeroies, Les Étalles, Les Vaudenelles and Les Roseys where the soils are poor and extremely stony.
Bruno Clair, originally of Domaine Clair-Daü, has an impressive and extensive estate in one of the world’s most celebrated wine regions. Twenty-three hectares of Premier Cru, Grand Cru, village wine, red, white and rose; the vineyards stretch far and wide throughout the Côte de Nuits.
Bruno Clair is the grandson of Joseph Clair (1889-1971), originator of the famous Domaine Clair-Daü founded in Marsannay in 1919. Following Joseph’s death, family disagreements led to the dismantling of the Domaine, and 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 later purchased by the estate.
With regard to viticulture, Domaine Bruno Clair believes in the total absence of chemical fertilizers and the exclusive use of compost. The grapes are hand-harvested, and the selection of the best grapes is carried out primarily in the vineyards. The grapes are partially destemmed before being put into open wood vats. The wines are then put into oak barrels (20-50% new) and transferred to the cellar.
Grape: A blend of 85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Blanc aged in a mixture of tank and oak foudres.