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Domaine David Clark

David Clark is a youngish vignéron in Burgundy based in Morey-St-Denis. I dropped by recently to learn a little more of what he is doing.

David picked up his first vines while a student at the Lycée in Beaune. His first purchase was ofdc.jpg Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire (BGO), an appellation rarely seen in France let alone overseas. Essentially BGO is for vineyards that don’t qualify for Bourgogne status. Red wines can be made of Pinot Noir, Gamay, César and/or Tressot. David’s is made of 100% Pinot Noir. He purchased the 0.3 hectares to get practical experience in the vineyards as quickly as possible. He has since added Bourgogne Passetoutgrains, Côte de Nuits-Villages and Morey-St-Denis.

The Domaine practices organic viticulture and keeps yields extremely low, generally between 25~30 hl/ha. This is on par with the some of the best in Bourgogne, Leroy, DRC, etc. David’s former occupation is as a Formula One engineer. He traveled the world with his team. Like most second-career vignéron, his focus is on quality.

While it is difficult say much at this stage, we tasted through his ’07s in barrel. They hadn’t started malo-lactic fermentation and were quite cold as a winter cellar would be. Yet they show potential. The Côte de Nuits-Villages was well-structured with firm tannin and acid, a Gevrey-like wine in style. The vineyard is actually in Brochon, the village just north of Gevrey. The Morey-St-Denis village has more density, was prettier, more feminine. These are wines to be followed. The 2006s were just bottled and will be released in Fall.

David plans on acquiring more vineyards of village or better quality. While David farms all his vineyards to the same level of quality, ironically the better appellation vineyards require less work than the lesser appellation vineyards. Apparently, it is in the vignéron’s best interest to acquire the best vineyards possible.

Domaine David Clark
17 Grande Rue
21220 Morey-Saint-Denis
Tel: +33(0)3 80 34 37 72
Mob: +33(0)6 32 20 21 72


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