Guide hachette des vins - 2011

  • Saint-Aubin Premier Cru Les Murgers des Dents de Chien 2008 *

    Jean-Baptiste Clair joined his parents on the domaine ten years ago and eversince, he is mainly in charge of the elaboration of white wines. We have him to thank for this particularly well executed premier cru. Behind a cristalline colour with golden glints, lies a bouquet made of peach and apricot with a hint of vanilla. An ample and concentrated matter with butter and chestnut aromas fill the palate. This bottle will be at its best in two years served with Chicken with Cream or a Seabass.
  • Santenay Blanc 2008 *

    This year, the son, Jean-Baptiste, celebrates his ten years working in the family business whose wines regularly appear in these pages. Being in charge of the making of white wines, no doubt he'll appreciate the star that rewards a very well done 2008. White flowers, green lemon and grapefuit, as well as a discrete toasty and a peppery note compose a seducing bouquet. Fresh, straight, long and balanced on the palate, this wine can quieten during two years before serving it with a trout and almonds or oysters.
    The village 2008 rouge Clos Genêt was born in a parcel located behind the Clair family's house. It offers a powerful nose of leather and wood, and its tannic presence will ensure it ages nicely for two or three years. One star too.
    Grown on the smallest of the twelve premiers cru of the village, sharing its 70 ares of Pinot Noir with the Clos Faubard and the Beaurepaire, the Clos des Mouches 2008 rouge * is mentionned. Cassis and vanilla blend in a tasty nose. Well structured, straight and fruity on the palate, it will harmonize within two or three years.
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