2019 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos du Fonteny, Bruno Clair

This clos is a monopole of the domaine found right at the centre point of Gevrey, between the grand cru slope and the Combe de Lavaux. There is a spicy depth of fruit on the nose, and a surprisingly fine, elegant frame on the palate. It always has a sweet salinity to it, which complements the nicely ripe fruit in 2019. A charming Gevrey premier cru that should drink well from early on. One of Bruno’s personal favourites.

Critic score
93/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£107.68
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£646.08

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Fonteny (1er Cru), Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France
  • Grape
    Pinot Noir
  • Maturity
    Young 2023 - 2035
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Premier Cru
2019 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos du Fonteny, Bruno Clair

TASTING NOTES

The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos du Fonteny 1er Cru, a monopole of 0.67 hectares, has a tightly wound bouquet that opens with aeration: brambly red fruit mixed with light loamy and woodland scents. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, very mineral-driven with an almost flinty, stern and strict just like a Ruchottes on the finish. Excellent, but one for serious Burgophiles.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (December 2020)
(92—94)/100
Domaine Bruno Clair

Founded by Bruno’s grandfather in the immediate aftermath of World War I, when he fell in love with a girl in Marsannay, Bruno’s father later expanded the domaine. However, when Bruno took control in 1985, the estate was in chaos. Fortunately, he has since succeeded in creating a well-organised and successful domaine in what is now a celebrated turnaround.

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