Sunday, January 08, 2012

Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "La Dominode" 2010, Bruno Clair

For the uninformed this Savigny 1er cru looks eye-poppingly expensive for an appellation which typically produces enjoyable, cherry-driven reds in the middle price bracket. Bruno Clair's "La Dominode" is produced 50% from 110 year old vines (the vineyard was planted in 1902), making it one of the red Burgundies with the oldest root stock. Old vines have very low yields hence the elevated price. Tasted from the barrel this Savigny 1er Cru "La Dominode" has a black cherry, relatively closed nose; lots of ripe tannins, balanced by a sturdy agglomeration of black berry fruit. Aged 18 months in oak. A serious wine, hard to decipher at this stage of its vinification. Philippe Brun (pictured outside the domaine) recommends waiting until 2020. A masterpiece to hide at the back of the cellar.

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