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Domaine Bruno Clair, Morey-Saint-Denis En La Rue de Vergy 2010

Red Wine from France - Burgundy
The colour of this Burgundy is a light red with an orange rim, indicating this is mature. Earthy, forest floor aromas and flavours are apparent on the hallmark 2010 palate, which is bright and fresh. This wine is a Museum Release: thanks to our member-owned co-operative model, our buyers are able to buy wines to mature in the perfect conditions of our temperature-controlled cellars and release them when they are ready to enjoy.
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Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Pinot Noir
  • 13% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • 75cl
  • Cork, natural

Côte de Nuits

Taking its name from the town at its heart, Nuits-St-Georges, the Côte de Nuits is the northern half of the Côte d’Or, the escarpment upon which lie the greatest of Burgundy’s vineyards. Though there are a number of very fine white wines made it is the reds for which the Côte de Nuits is truly famous. Compared with the red wines of the Côte de Beaune the reds from Nuits have more sophisticated tannins, extra body and a more sumptuous texture than their southern counterparts.

The soils of the area are predominantly limestone of various types, which is excellent for drainage but also retention of water. The finest have a happy conjunction of silt and scree over marl with protected and sunny aspects in some of the side-valleys that cut into the escarpment from west to east. These cuts provide a number of meso- and microclimates as well as the various aspects. The best sites are neither at the top or the bottom of these slopes where the soils are too impoverished or too fertile...
Taking its name from the town at its heart, Nuits-St-Georges, the Côte de Nuits is the northern half of the Côte d’Or, the escarpment upon which lie the greatest of Burgundy’s vineyards. Though there are a number of very fine white wines made it is the reds for which the Côte de Nuits is truly famous. Compared with the red wines of the Côte de Beaune the reds from Nuits have more sophisticated tannins, extra body and a more sumptuous texture than their southern counterparts.

The soils of the area are predominantly limestone of various types, which is excellent for drainage but also retention of water. The finest have a happy conjunction of silt and scree over marl with protected and sunny aspects in some of the side-valleys that cut into the escarpment from west to east. These cuts provide a number of meso- and microclimates as well as the various aspects. The best sites are neither at the top or the bottom of these slopes where the soils are too impoverished or too fertile respectively. More generic wines are produced at the top and bottom of these slopes, with the Premiers Crus and Grand Crus in a band running along the upper middle.

The climate here is semi-continental, though northerly winds can temper a hot summer while warmer winds from the south can bring warmth. Westerly winds that ultimately originate in the Atlantic can bring rain but at its worst may deliver devastating hail in incredibly localised storms. There is a degree of unpredictability about vintages in Burgundy that mean more variation than in any other fine wine region.

The appellations that sit above the generic regional ACs in the hierarchy are Marsannay, Fixin, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-St-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée, Echézaux and Nuits-St-George. Côte de Nuits –Villages is made from grapes grown at either end of the Côte, where the soils and sites are less impressive. Gevrey-Chambertin is a complete and balanced wine, full and harmonious. Wines from Nuits-St-Georges are the most tannic and, like Pommards, need long maturation. For many Vosne-Romanée is the summit. Its wines have beautiful velvety palates: dense and soft, sensuous and tactile. Chambolle-Musigny is the lightest yet one of the most fragrant wines of the Côte de Nuits. It is perhaps Nuits's equivalent of Volnay; a pretty, fine boned wine with exquisite perfume and a silky palate.
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Domaine Bruno Clair

Bruno Clair began on his own in 1979 when his father's famous Domaine Clair-Dau was fragmented as a result of family disagreements and France’s Napoleonic inheritance laws. Bruno began with plots in Marsannay and Fixin, a small parcel in Savigny-Les-Beaune and a fallow plot that needed replanting in Morey-Saint-Denis, upon which he established an excellent reputation. By 1985 the parts of the old estates which had been retained by his family were in disarray and the various members asked Bruno to take control which he gladly did, adding vines in Clos de Bèze, Cazetiers, Clos-Saint-Jacques, Vosne-Romanée, Clos de Fonteny and Chambolle-Musigny to the portfolio. During the 1990s purchases of land in Corton-Charlemagne, Pernand-Vergelesses, Aloxe-Corton, and Gevrey-Chambertin Petite Chapelle further enhanced the holdings under his command and brought the total area to 23 hectares.

Not only does Domaine Bruno Clair have a prestigious portfolio but it also has an enviable selection of clones, pioneered by his father and developed by Bruno during careful observation in the vineyards. In his work he is aided by his close friend and valued colleague Philippe Brun, who has been with him from the very beginning.

The viticulture throughout is built on organic principles though without seeking certification in order that any particularly difficult vintages can be treated as a last resort. However, yields are kept low through painstaking work and everything is hand-harvested and sorted in ...
Bruno Clair began on his own in 1979 when his father's famous Domaine Clair-Dau was fragmented as a result of family disagreements and France’s Napoleonic inheritance laws. Bruno began with plots in Marsannay and Fixin, a small parcel in Savigny-Les-Beaune and a fallow plot that needed replanting in Morey-Saint-Denis, upon which he established an excellent reputation. By 1985 the parts of the old estates which had been retained by his family were in disarray and the various members asked Bruno to take control which he gladly did, adding vines in Clos de Bèze, Cazetiers, Clos-Saint-Jacques, Vosne-Romanée, Clos de Fonteny and Chambolle-Musigny to the portfolio. During the 1990s purchases of land in Corton-Charlemagne, Pernand-Vergelesses, Aloxe-Corton, and Gevrey-Chambertin Petite Chapelle further enhanced the holdings under his command and brought the total area to 23 hectares.

Not only does Domaine Bruno Clair have a prestigious portfolio but it also has an enviable selection of clones, pioneered by his father and developed by Bruno during careful observation in the vineyards. In his work he is aided by his close friend and valued colleague Philippe Brun, who has been with him from the very beginning.

The viticulture throughout is built on organic principles though without seeking certification in order that any particularly difficult vintages can be treated as a last resort. However, yields are kept low through painstaking work and everything is hand-harvested and sorted in the vineyards. Reds are partially destemmed prior to fermentation through the action of natural yeasts in open wooden vats for up to three weeks before seeing time in oak. The amount of new oak each wine sees depend on its designation within the hierarchy.

White grapes are gently pressed and the juice fermented again through the use of natural yeasts in oak barrels with batonnage. Thee whites then spend between 16 and 20 months in 20-50% new oak. The domaine also produces rosé in Marsannay as well as aligoté.
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Burgundy Vintage 2010

There are superb wines in both colours in this truly excellent vintage. Circumstances led to low yields of healthy, ripe grapes and the wines are seductive as a result. It is rare to find so many reds with such ripe, gentle, sweet and frictionless tannins. Furthermore, the pinot grapes were harvested at modest alcohols of 12-12.5% and usually chaptalized to 12.5-13%. They retain an exquisite pinot perfume and taste of their origins. Almost everything is superb.

Regarding red wines, even in crus and communes that can sometimes produce wines with firm tannins, such as Volnay Clos de Chênes, Pommard, Aloxe and Nuits-Saint-Georges, are ripe and sweet tasting in 2010. It is certainly unusual to have tasted so many delicious Nuits-Saint-Georges. However, modest Bourgognes and crus like Saint-Aubin are also excellent and should give much pleasure over a potentially long lifetime due to the quality of their tannins.

The white wines show a rare concentration and structure that is unusual in...
There are superb wines in both colours in this truly excellent vintage. Circumstances led to low yields of healthy, ripe grapes and the wines are seductive as a result. It is rare to find so many reds with such ripe, gentle, sweet and frictionless tannins. Furthermore, the pinot grapes were harvested at modest alcohols of 12-12.5% and usually chaptalized to 12.5-13%. They retain an exquisite pinot perfume and taste of their origins. Almost everything is superb.

Regarding red wines, even in crus and communes that can sometimes produce wines with firm tannins, such as Volnay Clos de Chênes, Pommard, Aloxe and Nuits-Saint-Georges, are ripe and sweet tasting in 2010. It is certainly unusual to have tasted so many delicious Nuits-Saint-Georges. However, modest Bourgognes and crus like Saint-Aubin are also excellent and should give much pleasure over a potentially long lifetime due to the quality of their tannins.

The white wines show a rare concentration and structure that is unusual in chardonnay. This structure underlies intense, beautiful aromas from austere and mineral to ripe and peachy depending on terroir. They possess a dense, rich mid palate and a long, fresh finish wrapped in a delicious ripeness. The grapes were harvested with thick skins, little juice and an excellent balance of sugar and acidity – all the elements required to make lovely wine. As with the reds there is much potential for cellaring.

The factors that led to the low yields, which in turn led to the wonderful quality of the vintage, are threefold. Firstly there was the ‘Great Freeze’ of 21st December, 2009, which killed some vines but also destroyed the embryonic buds in the survivors and led to the vine reverting to secondary buds that have lower fertility. The second factor was poor weather at flowering, which decides the quantity of fruit set. Coulure (when fruit sets but then falls off) and millerandage (when berries grow to a third or less of their normal size and develop fewer pips) were common, particularly millerandage which affected pinot noir in particular. Finally, changeable weather throughout the season, while not usually ideal, meant that the grapes retained a lovely aromatic quality that has survived into the bottle.

At harvest time the grapes were phenolically mature and full of flavour, with those aromas intact and normal levels of alcohol. The low yields contributed to this as a normal crop would not have ripened as well.
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