One of our favourite and most treasured allocations in the Burgundy calendar emanates from the cold, damp cellars of Domaine Bruno Clair in Marsannay. It is here that Bruno and long term assistant winemaker Philippe Brun fashion some of Burgundy’s most beautiful wines. Uniquely aromatic, with heady complexity and detail, the Bruno Clair wines are impeccably balanced while offering intensity of flavour without unnecessary weight. The result is a very stylish red Burgundy of substance and finesse, with a pure fruit profile that is juxtaposed by gentle austerity and mineralité.
2015 is an excellent vintage at Domaine Bruno Clair, with Bruno and Philippe fashioning powerful age-worthy wines that can also bring great pleasure now.
"Bruno Clair, and winemaker Philippe Brun, describe 2015 as a "surprisingly easy vintage to manage from the standpoint of the growing season as there wasn't much disease pressure, no hail and no Suzukii flies. The fruit was super clean and thus we were able to harvest very quickly. Moreover the stems were perfectly clean and ripe and thus we used roughly 30% whole clusters for the vinifications. In fact about the only aspect that one could have wished to change would have been to have better yields. It usually requires between 300 and 325 kilograms of fruit to make one barrel of wine but in 2015 it required 350 to 360. While it would not be accurate to describe 2015 as having low yields, it was still a vintage that gave us lower than average volumes. Overall, 2015 is a vintage of the sun but one that is much more Burgundian in character than say 2003 or 2009." I would echo the comment that the Clair 2015s are wines that are creatures of their vintages but at the same time they are pure and fresh and each terroir is reasonably well-defined. They are also wines of impressive quality and this is especially true at the higher end of the appellation hierarchy.”
- Allen Meadows, www.burghound.com