Domaine Françoise et Denis Clair Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru ‘La Garenne’


Denis Clair, quick with a laugh and a textbook bon vivant, created the domaine in 1986. The Clair family had owned parcels in the area for generations but sold most of their production to negociants. Denis set out to bottle his own wine.

His wife Françoise was born in Saint-Aubin, a neighboring AOC village 2 1/2 miles to the northwest (a bit longer by car). This is where the Clairs’ winery is located. They have a son, Jean-Baptiste, who joined the family business in 2000 working the vines. Jean-Baptist eventually began making their white wines.

Today the family owns 15 hectares, including parcels in Santenay and Saint-Aubin. They sell 75,000 bottles a year, with about 75% of that going abroad.

Fantastic with lobster, langoustines, turbot, a fillet of Saint-Pierre with fine vegetables, all shellfish and crustaceans, sole… Also unique with fine white meats, including pheasant with a beautiful cream sauce.

Stunning gift and a bucket list wine



Tasting Notes from Pinto Wines 

Colour  Pale yellow
Nose  Complex bouquet tinged with notes of spring flowers, fruit and citrus fruit coated with an incredible minerality
Palate  Fine and powerful, the mid-palate is perfectly balanced, with fat and greedy texture to which is added a finely dosed acidity. The aromas of juicy stone fruits and ripe citrus fruits blend with subtle notes of almond and hazelnut to form a wine of finesse and elegance with a long and remarkably persistent finish

Fact Sheet 

Size  75 cl 
Grape Variety  100%  Chardonnay
Alcohol %    13%
Style    Dry
Estate/Producer    Maison Etienne Sauzet 
Country    France 
Region    Burgundy
Vintage    2019
Vinification    The vines, aged 60 years , planted with Chardonnay, are harvested manually. The undestemmed bunches are lightly crushed then passed through a pneumatic press. The must is then directly barreled for alcoholic and malolactic fermentations , with aging continuing entirely in barrels (20% of which are new) for 15 months. Since the start of the millennium, Jean-Baptiste has joined his parents on the estate and it is he who mainly presides over the vinification of the whites , seeking, in addition to aromatic expression, a fine and elegant style .
Closure    Natural closure
Cellaring/Ageing Potential    Built to age



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