2019 Marsannay Les Grasses Têtes, Domaine Bruno Clair

Bruno Clair has an impressive 10 hectares in his home village of Marsannay, and bottles five separate cuvées, including this wonderful iteration from a single parcel at the southern end of the commune, on the slope that rises up behind the village. Its name (meaning “fat heads”) refers not to anybody involved in its cultivation, but rather the large rocks that show through the surface of the soil. It is typically the most structured and powerful of the Clair Marsannays, and in 2019 has peppery red fruit and a fresh crunch that runs through the mineral tannins. Quintessential Marsannay, and quintessential Clair.

Critic score
90/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£36.28
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£217.68

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Les Grasses-Têtes, Marsannay, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France
  • Grape
    Pinot Noir
  • Maturity
    Young 2022 - 2029
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2019 Marsannay Les Grasses Têtes, Domaine Bruno Clair

TASTING NOTES

The 2019 Marsannay Les Grasses Têtes has a perfumed bouquet with red cherries, raspberry and wilted rose petals, nicely focused. The palate is medium-bodied with candied red fruit mixed with cassis and touches of vanilla towards the finish. Something joyful about this cuvée this year.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (December 2020)
(89—91)/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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