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DOMAINE BRUNO CLAIR MARSANNAY LES LONGEROISCork

Lovely red Burgundy with all the hallmarks of classic Pinot Noir. Medium bodied and incredibly complex.

Marsannay, Burgundy
2012
13% ABV.
100% Pinot Noir
75cl

£32.95

Price includes VAT

Tasting notes:

The Bruno Clair Les Longerois is a bright ruby red colour. The nose is a lovely combination of bright red fruits with slightly darker aromas of cherry, plum and liquorice, floral notes of violet and rose and a very slight earthy hint.

The palate is medium bodied, very smooth with fine acidity adding the balance. The fruits are sweeter dark fruits, more plum, cherry and loganberry. There are sublte notes of herb and chocolate too. The tannins are fine grained, adding a little texture. This is a lovely Burgundy, drinking very well now but with the capacity to age over 5 years or so.

About the wine:

The vines of Bruno Clair at Les Longerois are some of the oldest in the domaine, ranging from 25 years up to 70 years old. The grapes were carefully harvested and partially destemmed before being put into open wood vats.

The crushing of the bunches helps to improve the texture of the cap which forms over the fermenting wine and to prolong the fermentation time.

When necessary the must cooled and alcoholic fermentation starts slowly using exclusively indigenous yeasts. Depending on the intensity of the alcoholic fermentation, punching will take place from two to eight times per day. Fermentation akes from 14 to 21 days. The wines are then put into oak barrels and transferred to the cellar. Malolactic fermentation takes place generally in the spring when the cellars are heated gently by the warming of the weather.

About the producer:

Bruno Clair founded the domaine which bears his name in 1979. The domaine at that time included plots in Marsannay and Fixin, the Dominode vineyard in Savigny-les-Beaune, and a large plot lying fallow in Morey-St.-Denis - "En la Rue de Vergy.

He is the son of Bernard Clair (1920-2005) and the grandson of Joseph Clair (1889-1971), originator of the famous Domaine Clair-Daü which was founded in Marsannay in 1919.

Following Joseph's death, family disagreements led to the dismantling of the Domain Clair-Daü in 1985.In 1986, Bruno was entrusted with the vineyards of his parents, brothers and sisters which included those of Clos de Bèze, Cazetiers, Clos St-Jacques, Vosne-Romanée, Clos du Fonteny and Chambolle-Musigny. More vineyards were purchased by the estate in 1993, inlcuding Corton-Charlemagne, Pernand-Vergelesses and Aloxe-Corton, and in 1996 Gevrey-Chambertin Petite Chapelle was added to bring the size of the domaine to more than 23 hectares (56.8326 acres).

Bruno, first and foremost, is a vigneron and with the help of winemaker Philippe Brun, produces some of Burgundy’s purest examples, adopting an approach that involves back-breaking vineyard work and minimal intervention winemaking, using a mixture of large old wooden foudres and smaller barriques for the long slow ageing process.

The estate is renowned, in particular, for its excellent value Marsannays, stunning Gevreys and old vines Savigny Cuvées.

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