Star status awaits Thibaud Clerget. His father Yvon stopped making wine in 2009 and, for the next 6 years, the domaine’s fruit was sold off to a negotiant. Meanwhile, Thibaud was off learning his craft at the likes of Hudelot Noellat and Henri Boillot until in 2015 he was ready to make his début. With the same consummate ease as David Gower, who casually hooked his first ball in test cricket to the boundary, Thibaud’s transition to fully fledged winemaker was effortless. He was blessed with a stellar vintage with which to kick things off, but the assurance and purity of his first release was nevertheless impressive. A year on and his 2016s have confirmed what a talent he has. Cultured, cool, complex and refined, these are Pinots that display what the Côte de Beaune is capable of in the right hands but rarely delivers. Quantities of the wines are small but we will have more of the 2017s to offer.
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