Bruno Clair established his own small domaine in 1979. His family's estate – one of the most renowned in Burgundy – Clair-Dau, was dismantled in 1985 due to family disagreements. Following this, a selection of Clair-Dau vineyards owned by family members were handed over to him, adding to his original portfolio of plots. Currently Bruno's vineyards are spread widely in Burgundy across nine appellations, totalling 24Ha. He has a reputation for producing wines of great purity.
His approach involves intense manual labour in the vineyard, rigorous sorting and a minimal intervention vinification. He favours destemming prior to fermentation.
Large old foudres and barriques are utilised for a long ageing process in the cellar. The aging of the estate's wines is quite long, it varies according to the vintages from 16 to 22 months. The cuvées are aged in oak barrels, with a percentage of new barrels varying from 20 to 50% depending on the wines.
Bruno owns three vineyards in Marsannay – Grasses Tetes, Vaudenelles, and Les Longeroies – regarded as some of the finest in the village. Marsannay wines are known for being often softer and fruitier than the rest of Cote de Nuits. The appellation is known for offering wines that are accessibleand affordable.
The 2014 vintage for red Burgundy began with a mild winter, and was followed by an unusually cool summer. Fruit hanging into September to achieve ripeness. Many excellent wines produced, but a far from easy vintage for producers. Wines are generally lighter.
Les Longeroies is composed of 70 year + old vines, known for delivering wines with finesse and power.
In the glass the wine is highly perfumed with layers of raspberry fruit and forest floor. One the palette there is good acidity with juicy red berry fruit persisting. Pleasing round tannins linger on the finish.
Pair with game, roast turkey, full flavoured cheeses.