2011 Domaine Bruno Clair Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru

2011 Domaine Bruno Clair Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru

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94 points Vinous

The 2011 Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru has a perfumed bouquet with rose petal and bergamot tea scents complementing the red berry fruit, the oak neatly integrated. The palate is supple and lithe with a seam of orange rind infusing the redcurrant and cranberry fruit, a little salinité and black truffle towards the grainy-textured finish. This is a very assured and noble Clos-de-Bèze from the Domaine. Tasted at Flint Wines Burgundy 2011 tasting. (Drink between 2020-2045) NM (5/2019)

 

94 points Wine Advocate

Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. The Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2011 from Bruno Clair has a very succinct bouquet with red cherries, crushed strawberry and a deft touch of bergamot that is detailed and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent, ripe tannins and very well-judged acidity that keeps the whole thing tense and poised. This feels natural and refined with wonderful poise and grace on the delineated finish. There is some oak to be fully absorbed here, but the class shows through. NM (11/2014)

 

93 Points Allen Meadows - Burghound

An intensely spicy nose of natural spice as well as background notes of oak spice also reflects aromas of earth, underbrush, humus, red and dark berry fruit and exotic tea nuances. There is excellent phenolic maturity to the supporting structural elements that shape the precise, intense and overtly muscular flavors that exude a fine minerality on the delicious and palate coating finish. There is less obvious acidity here compared to the Clos St. Jacques and slightly better persistence. This should also age well and require at least 12 to 15 years as the tannins are presently quite prominent.

Bruno Clair, and winemaker Philippe Brun, describe 2012 as a "terribly difficult vintage that despite all of the challenges gave us in the end perfectly ripe fruit if just not very much of it. The poor flowering caused a high incidence of shot berries which are great for quality and concentration but not so much for quantity. We began picking on the 20th of September as we had the phenolic maturities that we like and it seemed as though the only thing that would happen with further waiting was a loss of acidity. We did our normal vinification with around 20% whole clusters for 15 days of total cuvaison that gave us very rich and fleshy wines as the tannins are perfectly integrated. The other thing that makes the 2012 vintage interesting is despite the very good ripeness levels the terroir remains quite clear. As to the style of the vintage, the 2012s remind us of the 2010s except that we doubt that the '12s will close down quite so firmly after they are bottled." As a general comment the 2012 Clair wines are very good to excellent up and down the range but as is the case with more than one domaine, it is in Gevrey where they really shine. It is worth repeating effective with the 2011 vintage the domaine took back another .22 ha of Bonnes Mares and now farms .63 ha. This will add about 3 to 3.5 barrels of production per year, depending of course on the yields for any given vintage. Brun noted that the 2011s, revisited below, were bottled in April 2013.