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Domaine Bruno Clair Marsannay Grasses Têtes Burgundy France, 2017, 750

Domaine Bruno Clair Marsannay Grasses Têtes Burgundy France, 2018, 750

$ 63.00

Domaine Bruno Clair Marsannay Grasses Têtes Burgundy France, 2018, 750

From the importer:

  • Size: 2.02 ha (5.0 ac)
  • Variety: Pinot Noir
  • Vine Age: Most planted from 1969- 1973 (subsequent vine remplacement)
  • Terroir: Located on the slope above Marsannay, rich clay soil with limestone rock deposits
  • Viticulture: Lutte raisonnée (converting to organic)
  • Vinification: 30% whole-cluster, indigenous yeast fermentation in open wooden tanks, minimal punch-downs and pump-overs (one each per day in general). Aged for 18 months in barrel (0-50% new).

Etymology: lit. “Fat heads,” which refers to large outcroppings of bedrock. In French, the top of the bedrock is called the head.

Source: The Climats and Lieux-Dits of the Great Vineyards of Burgundy, Marie-Hélène Landrieu-Lussigny.

Site: Les Grasses Têtes is 8 hectares (19.8 acres). It stretches from the houses in the village all the way to the top of the slope, at 280 to 335-meters elevation. The slope is moderate, with a gradient of 10%. It faces east.

Soil: The soils of Les Grasses Têtes are constituted of dark red, iron-rich, water-retentive, heavy clay. They contain 20-25% angular gravel and small cobble that come from the nearby bedrock. There is a 15 cm deep topsoil horizon. Then, there is a 1 to 1.5-meter layer of soil mixed with huge boulders and laves originating from the bedrock (the “fat heads”).

Geology: The majority of the vineyard sits on the fossiliferous crinoidal limestone. However, Francoise Vannier has identified at least 4 distinct faults that cut across this vineyard. The upper portion of the vineyard sits on white oolite, and the lowest portion of the vineyard sits on Comblanchien limestone. Two faults that cut across the middle of the vineyard also reveal thin slivers of Ostrea acuminata marl.

Clair parcels: Bruno has multiple parcels scattered across the vineyard, totaling 2.02 hectares (5 acres). The vines were planted between 1969 and 1973.

The Wine: Grasses-Têtes is the most powerful of the Clair Marsannay lieux-dits, in both fruit and structure.

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