Savigny 1er Cru "La Dominode" 2002, Domaine Bruno Clair
The Bruno Clair domaine is one of the largest family-owned producers on the Côte d'Or with 23 hectares of vineyards stretching from Marsannay in the north to Savigny-lès-Beaune in the south. Previous wines tasted from the domaine include a Marsannay 2003, a Morey-Saint-Denis 2003 and a Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru 2006. This Savigny is the least impressive of the four wines I have tried. The nose is atypical for a Burgundy -- more like the Saintsbury pinot from California -- dominated by sweet and jammy cherry fruit. Very easy drinking without any refinement and the overpowering fruit smothers what should be the stern structure of 2002. More like a 2003 than a 2002. And this wine is not cheap!