Bruno Clair 2015 'En La Rue De Vergy' Morey-Saint-Denis Blanc, Burgundy, France
Bruno Clair 2013 Bonnes Mares Rouge Grand Cru, Burgundy, France
Winemaker: Bruno Clair
- Variety: Chardonnay
Terroir: Clair’s Morey-Saint-Denis Blanc “En la Rue de Vergy” was planted in 1981. These Chardonnay vines sit on a very steep, rocky slope directly above his red parcel from the same vineyard that sits just above the grand crus, Bonnes Mares and Clos de Tart. The altitude of En la Rue de Vergy rises quickly, and perhaps above 340 meters is where Chardonnay becomes a clear winner. There is no real 'soil' here, only bedrock.
- Farming: Lutte raisonnée (converting to organic)
- Vinification: Pneumatic pressing, indigenous yeast fermentation, racked.
- Aging: Aged for 18 months on fine lees in barrel (up to 30% new oak) or foudres. Short blending period in tank before bottling.
- Notes: Located just above Bonnes-Mares, this plot is highly unique in that the soil is non-existent! The roots of the vines manage to find crevices between the stones and rock strata to plunge deeply in search of water and nutrients.
One could say Bruno Clair is a vigneron’s vigneron. His wines are loved worldwide by everyone lucky enough to know them, and what’s truly impressive is the respect he garners within Burgundy, where his fellow growers consider him one of the greatest of their ranks. They admire his attention to detail in the vineyard, his organic practices (even if he doesn’t bother with certification), and the long hours he and his crews put in. In the cellar, along with his longtime enologist Philippe Brun (they have been called “the Batman and Robin of Marsannay”), Bruno produces wines that are loved for their purity of expression. They show no ego or even style, but just seem to be true to the essence of each individual vineyard.