Domaine Bruno Clair
Bruno Clair established his domaine in 1979. Bruno was born with wine in his blood, his family's wine-making origins date back to the beginning of the 19th century with six generations of winegrowers behind him. His grandfather Joseph, who was originally from Santenay, married Marguerite Daü who worked vineyards in Marsannay-la-Côte, and between 1930 and 1960 Joseph acquired vines in Gevrey-Chambertin [including Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze and Cazetiers], Morey-Saint-Denis [including Bonnes Mares], and Chambolle-Musigny. In 1954, along with his wife, sister-in-law and three children, Joseph created what would become the famous Domaine Clair-Daü. During the 1950's and 60's his son Bernard and his wife Geneviève Bartet bought vines in Gevrey-Chambertin [including Clos-Saint-Jacques], Vosne-Romanée, Savigny-les-Beaune [La Dominode], and Marsannay. Following the death of his father, Bernard took over the management of Domaine Clair-Daü, but in 1985 family disputes and France's Napoleonic inheritance laws led to a break up of the domaine [sold to Maison Louis Jadot], with Bernard and Geneviève entrusting their part of the operation to Bruno. He was developing a family company with his brother Michel and sisters Anne, Aleth and Agnès. More acquisitions followed: in Chambolle-Musigny in 1990, Aloxe-Corton [including Corton-Charlemagne] and Pernand-Vergelesses in 1993, Gevrey-Chambertin [including Petite Chapelle] in 1996, in 2006 a gradual take over of a plot previously rented in Bonnes Mares and in 2019 Les Charmes in Chambolle-Musigny. Bruno uses an organic approach in these vineyards which stretch from the north of the Côte de Nuits to the north of the Côte de Beaune, and from these magnificent terroirs a broad range of precise wines are produced. Bruno Clair is now a real family affair with Bruno's wife Isabelle and their sons Edouard and Arthur and daughter Margaux all involved in the business. Bruno Clair is considered to be one of Burgundy's finest producers, and his reputation speaks for itself through his exceptional wines.