Bruno Clair 2017 'Vaudenelles' Marsannay, Burgundy, France - DECANTsf

Bruno Clair 2017 'Vaudenelles' Marsannay, Burgundy, France

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  • Winemaker name: Bruno Clair
  • Farming: Organic Farming, Lutte-raisonné
  • Varieties: Pinot Noir
  • Varieties: Pinot Noir 
  • Terroir: The 1.28 hectare parcel of Les Vaudenelles is extremely shallow clay topsoil, with a top layer that’s only a dozen or so centimeters deep and very rocky. The parcel is high up on the Marsannay slope at 300 to 320-meters elevation, fully exposed and faces east. 
  • 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: Matured in barrel and foudres with 20% new oak for 18 months. 
  • Tasting Note: It has a well defined, crisp and slightly leafy bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, quite gentle in the mouth, and an herbaceous, open finish. 
  • Critic Scores: (if applicable) N/A 
  • Other notes: Les Vaudenelles is another one of Bruno Clair’s high altitude gems. It is the most delicate of his Marsannay lieux-dits and very much a child of its terroir and position. The shallow, light-colored soils produce a wine of fragrance rather than weight, and the altitude keeps it remarkably fresh. We suggest enjoying this wine young, as there is not much tannic structure. A bit of cellaring will reward you with more weight, but we love it young, light, and crunchy.

Importer Notes:

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.


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