In 1985 the Clair-Daü domain was split up after 76 years of winemaking (it was founded in 1919 by Marsannay). Over the years, Joseph Clair and Marguerite Daü have built up the domain's reputation. The incessant family quarrels, that had originally been the making of the house, eventually became too much and the domain was sold to the Maison Louis Jadot in 1985. Bruno Clair, Joseph's grandson, successfully pursued the ancient family tradition by adding his parent's and sibling's parcels to his own (Clos de Bèze, Cazetiers, Clos St-Jacques, Vosne-Romanée, Clos du Fonteny and Chambolle-Musigny). Today he is at the head of a 23-hectare domain, which has several grand crus parcels at Gevrey. The few remaining bottles of the domain benefit now from a true cult among lovers of great Burgundy wines.
About the cuvée
Clos de Bèze is the oldest of the Burgundy clos and is situated in the Côte de Nuits: in the 7th century the Duke of Burgundy gave Bèze Abbey a large domain situated in the commune of Gevrey Chambertin. The 1937 decree details the Grand Cru appellation. The Clos de Bèze red wines, delicate, strong and complex are more supple and refined in texture than the Chambertins. Chambertin-Clos-de-Bèze from Domaine Clair Daü is a model for complexity. They often have notes of liquorice and flowers. They have an impressive silky texture. A breathtaking wine.
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