Clavelier, Bruno

Domaine Bruno Clavelier

This domaine has existed since the end of the 18th century; however, the wines were sold to negociants until 1988, when Bruno Clavelier, after a distinguished career playing rugby for Dijon in the French first division, decided to estate-bottle all their wine. 

Clavelier has an uncluttered, purist’s approach to winemaking: the focus is care of the vineyards. The domaine has a total of 6.5 hectares of vines, mostly 1er Cru and village-designated holdings in Chambolle, Gevrey, and Vosne, and a single 1/3 hectare parcel in Corton.  These vines are their pride and joy: all are selection massale, and the majority were planted in the 1930’s and 40’s.  Clavelier was one of the early adopters of organic viticulture (certified in 1999) and he has practiced biodynamic viticulture since 2000 (certified since 2005).  Because of the advanced age of the vines, yields are naturally low, and the root systems are very developed, giving the vines a lot of contact with minerals in deeper layers of the soil.

In the cellar, as in the vineyard, the idea is to reveal what Mother Nature gives in each vintage. Primary fermentation happens in open-top tronconical wood fermenters; up to 30% of whole clusters are kept during the vinification. Fermentations start naturally, with gentle manual punchdowns if necessary.  The first fermentation normally lasts about three weeks, after which the wine is very gently pressed and the juice is racked by gravity to barrels for aging. Malolactic fermentation happens in barrel and generally starts in the spring following harvest, and the wines are aged for 16-18 months in barrel as well. Up to one-third of the oak is new for the 1er Cru and Grand Cru wines.  The wines are bottled without fining or filtration, and the bottling happens under a neutral gas so that the amount of SO2 can be as low as possible.

All of the village-level Vosne is bottled by climat, rather than blended into a single Vosne village wine.

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB3447-15
Biodynamic
Vosne-Romanée "Combe Brûlée" Vieilles Vignes
2015
Pinot Noir
From a half-hectare parcel facing south, with a flinty milieu; the vines date back to the 1930's. Hot days and cool nights give the wine... Read More
France Burgundy

DB3448-15
Biodynamic
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Beaux Monts Vieilles Vignes
2015
Pinot Noir
From a half-hectare parcel planted in the 1940’s, in the heart of the 1er Cru; this parcel has an ochre red clay top soil and just 40... Read More
France Burgundy

DB3443-15
Biodynamic
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Combe d'Orveaux VV
2015
Pinot Noir
This .82 hectare plot is a geological extension of Musigny, and was classified as such before phylloxera. Half was planted in the 1940’s,... Read More
France Burgundy

DB3451-15
Biodynamic
Bourgogne Aligoté Vieilles Vignes
2015
Aligoté
From 85-year-old vines; a high proportion of old selection of golden aligoté contributes a richness and power to this wine, leaving a... Read More
France Burgundy

DB3450-15
Biodynamic
Bourgogne Passetoutgrain Vieilles Vignes
2015
Pinot Noir
The cuvée comes from a single plot planted with 90% in Pinot Noir and 10% in Gamay Noir with white juice. The soil is clay and limestone. ... Read More
France Burgundy

DB3449-15
Biodynamic
Bourgogne Pinot Noir "Champs d'Argent" Vieilles Vignes
2015
Pinot Noir
From a small vineyard (20 acres) over 60 years old, planted on heavy clay-loam soil in the lower Vosne-Romanée commune, bordering Nuits-... Read More
France Burgundy

DB3440-15
Biodynamic
Corton Le Rognet Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes
2015
Pinot Noir
The plot, exposed full east, occupies 34 acres at mid-hill at an altitude between 270-280m. Two-thirds of the vines are 70 years old, and... Read More
France Burgundy

DB3442-15
Biodynamic
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Les Corbeaux" Vieilles Vignes
2015
Pinot Noir
From a plot of 22 acres composed of 35-year old vines, with a small part that is more than 70 years old. The vineyard is located at the... Read More
France Burgundy

DB3441-15
Biodynamic
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er cru "Aux Cras" Vieilles Vignes
2015
Pinot Noir
This small plot of 25 acres is more than 75 years old, with eastern exposure, in the upper part (250 m of altitude) of the band of 1er cru... Read More
France Burgundy

DB3444-15
Biodynamic
Vosne-Romanée "Les Hauts de Beaux Monts" Vieilles Vignes
2015
Pinot Noir
This parcel faces south-east, and sits on the top of the slope above the eponymous 1er Cru. The soils are white oolite; the vines were... Read More
France Burgundy

DB3445-15
Biodynamic
Vosne-Romanée 1er cru "Aux Brulées" Vieilles Vignes
2015
Pinot Noir
A small vineyard (1/3 of a hectare), with southern exposure. Planted in the 1940s.
France Burgundy

DB3445-14
Biodynamic
Vosne-Romanée 1er cru "Aux Brulées" Vieilles Vignes
2014
Pinot Noir
A small vineyard (1/3 of a hectare), with southern exposure. Planted in the 1940s.
France Burgundy

DB3444-14
Biodynamic
Vosne-Romanée "Les Hauts de Beaux Monts" Vieilles Vignes
2014
Pinot Noir
This parcel faces south-east, and sits on the top of the slope above the eponymous 1er Cru. The soils are white oolite; the vines were... Read More
France Burgundy

DB3446-14
Biodynamic
Vosne-Romanée "Les Hautes Maizières" Vieilles Vignes
2014
Pinot Noir
Located near the village, this plot of vines of over 65 years old on average is located just below the 1er cru Les Suchots. The clayey-... Read More
France Burgundy

DB3441-14
Biodynamic
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er cru "Aux Cras" Vieilles Vignes
2014
Pinot Noir
This small plot of 25 acres is more than 75 years old, with eastern exposure, in the upper part (250 m of altitude) of the band of 1er cru... Read More
France Burgundy

DB3442-14
Biodynamic
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Les Corbeaux" Vieilles Vignes
2014
Pinot Noir
From a plot of 22 acres composed of 35-year old vines, with a small part that is more than 70 years old. The vineyard is located at the... Read More
France Burgundy

DB3440-14
Biodynamic
Corton Le Rognet Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes
2014
Pinot Noir
The plot, exposed full east, occupies 34 acres at mid-hill at an altitude between 270-280m. Two-thirds of the vines are 70 years old, and... Read More
France Burgundy

DB3449-14
Biodynamic
Bourgogne Pinot Noir "Champs d'Argent" Vieilles Vignes
2014
Pinot Noir
From a small vineyard (20 acres) over 60 years old, planted on heavy clay-loam soil in the lower Vosne-Romanée commune, bordering Nuits-... Read More
France Burgundy

DB3450-14
Biodynamic
Bourgogne Passetoutgrain Vieilles Vignes
2014
Pinot Noir
The cuvée comes from a single plot planted with 90% in Pinot Noir and 10% in Gamay Noir with white juice. The soil is clay and limestone. ... Read More
France Burgundy