Domaine Yvon Clerget, Volnay
2015 was the first vintage of the highly talented young wine-maker Thibaud Clerget, who completed his studies at Beaune’s Lycée Viticole in 2012. He then did vintages with Pinot Noir specialists in New Zealand and Oregon, and on the Côte de Nuits. His family has owned vineyards and made wine in and around Pommard and Volnay since 1268. Thibaud is the 28th generation.
If you have rarely encountered bottles from the Domaine, which carries his father’s name, this is because since 2010 Yvon Clerget had been selling his grapes, rather than making and bottling his wines. For the 2015 vintage, Thibaud took on the family responsibilities, and all grapes were vinified at the Domaine. We were the first to discover and ship his wines to any export market. Showing his wines at our London Burgundy tasting in January 2017 marked the international relaunch of this thrilling Domaine. Today, his wines are available in 28 countries, so he has told us.
Thibaud made a brilliant success of his first four vintages, and many wines sold out rapidly. We are delighted now to be offering his 5th – these 2019s – which are every bit as enthralling as the first four. “I love this vintage,” says Thibaud, “it’s fresh, with elegant fruit, and ruby colours which are typical of Pinot Noir. It will be more ready to drink soon, compared to the 2018.”