Super-fresh aromas of red cherry, currant and floral scents serve as an inviting introduction to the vibrant and attractively intense middle weight flavors that terminate in clean and delicious finish. I like the energy; indeed this wine just makes one feel like drinking it.
The 2015 Marsannay les Vaudenelles offers crisp redcurrant and cranberry scents on the nose, nicely defined if still seeking a little harmony. It just needs more time to knit together. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh red cherry and strawberry pastilles, leading to a fine saline finish. Enjoy after 12-18 months in bottle. Bruno Clair already has an impressive array of holdings in the Côtes de Nuits, from which he has been furnishing wine lovers with beautifully made, quite classically-styled wines for many years. Next year he will add another quite significant parcel of Bonnes-Mares from the cessation of a fermage with Domaine Fougeray de Beauclair, who own the monopole of vines on the Morey-Saint-Denis side of the border. That will surely make Bruno one of the most significant producers of this grand cru. I tasted through the 2015s with winemaker Philippe Brun and a young student who was studying oeno-tourism, assigned 2-weeks by her college at the domaine (I can think of worse work placements myself). "We had some millerandage during the growing season," Philippe told me. "We picked from 6 September and then over 10 days until 20 September. We picked the whites within two days."
(20% new oak: Medium red. Aromas of red raspberry, strawberry, brown spices, game and chocolate. Juicy, slightly rustic flavors of strawberry and earth. Finishes with dusty, slightly drying tannins. There's good material here but in a rather unrefined package. This wine will not be made in 2016 owing to the damaging hailstorm.
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