2011 DOMAINE BRUNO CLAIR Savigny Les Beaunes 1er cru La Dominode

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Domaine Bruno Clair
Savigny-lès-Beaune "La Dominode" 1er
1er Cru Red barrel
Score: 89-91
Tasted: Jan 14, 2013
Drink: 2019+
Issue: 49

Note: from a 1.7 ha parcel of vines planted in 1902
Producer note: Bruno Clair, and winemaker Philippe Brun, describe 2011 as "one of those vintages that had so many twists and turns that you just didn't know what you were going to wind up with. We began picking on the 5th of September and brought in mostly clean fruit that required some sorting for rot and it was necessary to excise some under ripe fruit as well. There was excellent phenolic maturity so there was no reason not to do our normal vinification which includes 100% destemming. As to the wines, we are exceptionally happy with them given that we literally had no idea what to expect. They are extremely fresh with plenty of energy, excellent typicity and should make for fine mid-term cellaring. Stylistically they remind us of a fleshier version of 2002." Clair also noted that as of 2011 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. As to the in-bottle 2010s that I tasted, it's very clear that they are in the process of shutting down and other than opening an example in the name of "science", I would recommend that you leave them be for at least another 5 years and 10 would be better. (Vineyard Brands, www.vineyardbrands.com, Birmingham, AL, Classified Wine & Spirits, LLC, www.classifiedwine.net, Austin, TX, The Source Imports, www.thesourceimports.com, San Francisco, CA, Martin Scott Wines, www.martinscottwines.com, NY/NJ/CT, Fine Vines, www.finevines.com, Chicago, IL, Wines Unlimited, www.winesunlimited.com, New Orleans, LA, Terra Nova Wines, www.terranovawines.com, Denver, CO, Small Potatoes Wine, www.smallpotatoeswine.com, Boise ID; Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, UK).
Tasting note: Noticeable oak is present on the notably ripe and impressively complex nose that features aromas of plum, violets, pungent earth and a hint of the sauvage. The medium-bodied flavors exude a fine sap that partially buffers the firm tannins on the muscular and overtly powerful flavors that possess excellent balance and persistence. This is not particularly refined but it is imposing, particularly for a Savigny.