Les Cazetiers is next to the Clos Saint-Jacques. Our plot is located in the upper part of the "climat" and is characterized by extremely poor, marly soil and limestone deposits. Three different dates of plantation; a third planted in 1958, another third in 1972 and the rest in 1996. The combination of the type of soil and and the quality of the vines produce low yields and grapes that are "millerandés" (partial crop failure) in the majority of the harvest.
The wine is characterized by very low acidity amply compensated by complex tannins of a surprising richness. The comparison of organoleptic qualities between our Clos Saint-Jacques and our Cazetiers shows in every vintage a very clear difference between the wines: le Cazetiers being more accessible in youth on the aromatic level and by the unique silkiness of the tannins as opposed to the Clos Saint-Jacques which is more reserved in the first years. A good example of the incredible variety of the terroirs and "climates" of the Côte is that these two wines result from vines being about the same age, from the same "massale" selection, having similar maturity and vinified in the same fermenting room, according to the same philosophy. Domaine Bruno Clair
The 2010 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers is a deep, spherical wine endowed with tons of class and personality. Sweet floral notes meld into dark red and blue fruit in this seamless, beautifully textured Burgundy. Saline notes mark the long, polished finish. Despite a great showing, my sense is that the wine isn’t quite ready to reveal the full breadth and class of its pedigree. That will come, but only over time. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030. #199Feb 2012
This is a fabulous set of wines from Bruno Clair and his long-time oenologist Philippe Brun. The harvest started on September 25. Yields were 22-30 hectoliters per hectare, which is to say a good 10% less than 2003, a torrid vintage marked by tiny yields. Clair describes the fruit as healthy, with no botrytis and soft tannins from the late harvest. The 2010s were 100% destemmed. New oak ranged from 25% for the villages to 50% for the Grand Crus, except for the Marsannays, which saw very little new oak.
This is quite ripe yet very fresh with its less aromatically refined and pungent nose of earth, underbrush, stone, cassis and plum. The ripeness carries over to the supporting structural elements as well as the mid-palate that is both concentrated and velvety, coating the mouth with dry extract on the superbly complex, balanced and seriously long finish. This is terrific and as I have repeatedly said with respect to Clair's 2010s, this too is textbook Cazetiers but note that it will require ample amounts of patience. Comments: Outstanding Issue 49
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