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Bruno Clair, Morey St Denis Blanc, En La Rue de Vergy 2015
Morey Saint Denis
The stoniness of the terroir shines through the sun-kissed fruit of the vintage offering notes of ripe lemons, acacia, stone fruit, slate and crushed rocks. Harmonious and full-flavoured yet with sufficient tension and poise.
A Chardonnay from Morey-St.-Denis is a rare thing, the vast majority of the commune being planted with Pinot Noir, but it can be exceptional, as this regularly is. A vineyard located just above Bonnes-Mares, En la Rue de Vergy is planted on poor, rocky limestone soils.
The white wines are vinified without SO2 in stainless steel vats then finish fermenting and are aged in oak barrels or in tuns (up to 20% new barrels). The wines are aged on lees without stirring for 16 to 18 months. The estate is always looking for the expression of the terroir. The fact that the vines are almost exclusively planted on limestone bedrock naturally gives our white wines a rather mineral character.
The family history is quite complex as is often the case in Burgundy estates. The family's viticultural origins date back to the beginning of the 19th century and Bruno is the representative of the sixth generation of winegrowers.
1919 Joseph Clair, his grandfather, originally from Santenay, married in 1919 Marguerite Daü who operated vines in Marsannay-la-Côte.
1930 Joseph Clair acquires vines in Gevrey-Chambertin (including Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze and Cazetiers), Morey-Saint-Denis (including Bonnes Mares) and Chambolle-Musigny.
1954 Joseph created the CLAIR-DAU estate with his wife, sister-in-law and three children. In the 1950s and 1960s, his son Bernard Clair and his wife Geneviève Bartet bought vines in Gevrey-Chambertin (including Clos-Saint-Jacques and Clos du Fonteny), Vosne-Romanée, Savigny-les-Beaune (La Dominode ) and Marsannay. Following the death of Joseph Clair in 1971, Bernard Clair took over the management of the Clair-Daü estate.
1985 Internal dissensions lead to the break-up of the domain. Each partner takes over his vines. Bernard and Geneviève entrust the operation of theirs to Bruno who develops his own domain by creating with his brother Michel, his sisters Anne, Aleth and Agnès a family operating company.
1986 From 1986, the Bruno Clair estate then exploited 17 hectares spread over the villages of Marsannay, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-Saint-Denis, Vosne-Romanée and Savigny-Les-Beaune. Opportunities for expansion of the estate arise on several occasions. In 1990, on Chambolle-Musigny. In 1993, on Aloxe-Corton (including Corton-Charlemagne) and Pernand-Vergelesses. In 1996, on Gevrey-Chambertin (including the Petite-Chapelle). In 2006, gradual takeover of the Bonnes-Mares previously leased. In 2019, a parcel of Chambolle-Musigny Les Charmes.
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