Bruno Clair 2017 'La Dominode' Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Rouge, Burgundy, France
- Winemaker: Bruno Clair
- Farming: Organic Farming, Lutte-raisonné
- Varieties: Pinot Noir
- Terroir: 1.71 ha; Originally planted in 1902, individual vines replanted as needed. This 1er cru is located in the top section and same vineyard as Les Jarrons 1er Cru in the Haut Jarrons.
- Vinification: Spontaneous yeast fermentation; 30% whole-cluster, indigenous yeast fermentation in open wooden tanks, minimal punch-downs and pump-overs (one each per day in general).
- Aging: Aged for 18 months in barrel (30-50% new).
- Tasting Note: The 2017 Savigny-lès-Beaune La Dominode 1er Cru has a much more backward, sulky bouquet compared to Les Jarrons, offering dark berry fruit and just a touch of flint that emerges with aeration. The medium-bodied palate displays a saline, almost briny opening. There is good density here, with tarry black fruit and that strong saline influence dominating the finish. A more cerebral Savigny.
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.