Savigny 'La Dominode' 1990 Bruno Clair
8/98. Bought at the winery May-96 for $23.
The story and history of the Domaine Bruno Clair in Marsannay (in the northern-most tip of the Cote de Nuits) is intricate and complicated. The Dau (female) part of the once-famous Clair-Dau Domaine was the source of the 85 years old vines in this 1er Cru vineyard of the Cote de Beaune commune of Savigny-les-Beaune, some 25 miles south of the Domaine winery.
I bought two bottles of this wine from Bruno Clair, while visiting his domaine a couple of years ago. Today, for no special reason, I decided to try one with a simple mid-week dinner
COLOR: Medium-dark ruby, very good color for (B). Hardly any clearing around the rim.
NOSE: Excellent fruit engulfed by enticing 'Bourgogne Nose' with all the trimmings: Raw meat, wet forest floor, mushrooms. Very expressive, if not the epitome of delicacy.
TASTE: Similar in character to the nose. Gutty, full of presence, but not coarse or harsh. Not excessively complex but very tasty and mouthfilling.
LENGTH: Quite a long refreshingly acidic aftertaste.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Medium weight with excellent stuffing and grip. Rich fruit, good winyness, excellent acidity and 'civilized' tannins. A prime example of a Cote de Beaune Premier Cru.
OVERALL: Excellent. Needs another year or two to reach its peak, but a pleasure to drink right now.
MARK: 17/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Yes.
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