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Domaine Yvon Clerget

We are happy to announce our new collaboration with Domaine Yvon Clerget in Volnay.

Domaine Yvon Clerget is a historical Domaine in Volnay that regained its reputation of excellence in 2015 when Thibaud joined his dad at the Domaine.

This young 30 years old man has a precise idea on the type of wines he wants to make and is pursuing his quest with an incredible vision and energy.

He is truly attached to the idea of perpetuating the family’s traditions but with his unique twist. He started a huge work in the vines and made few changes in the winemaking.

They enjoy iconic plots like Clos de Vougeot, Volnay Caillerets, Pommard Rugiens or Volnay Clos du Verseuil, a monopole.

His wines are complex, elegant but yet delicate and approachable quite young. Vintage after vintage he is perfectioning his style.

Domaine Yvon Clerget is definitively one of the rising stars of Burgundy and we believe his wines deserve a space in your cellar.

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"The reborn Domaine Y. Clerget could very well turn out to be one of the great recent success stories in Burgundy… Readers should do whatever they can to taste these wines. [Thibaud] Clerget is just 28 and appears to have a brilliant career in front of him. Bravo!” ANTONIO GALLONI, VINOUS.

 

The Clerget family has its roots in Volnay since the 13th century.

Over the generations they gradually acquired new vineyards. In 1936, the family bought a small plot of 1er Cru called Volnay “Clos du Verseuil”. This 0.68-hectare plot is located right next to Les Taillepieds and is a monopole.

In 1945, Jean Clerget took over the vineyards at the end of World War II.His son Yvon Clerget was born in Beaune in 1949. Yvon studied at the Beaune Wine institute and worked with his father for a few years at the family Domaine before working for a winery in Switzerland in 1973.In 1983, Yvon came back and took over the Domaine.

After making 26 vintages at the Domaine, he decided to start selling the grapes.The idea was to continue doing that until his son Thibaud would take over the Domaine.

From 2010 to 2015, their vineyards were managed by Henri Boillot and bottled under his label.

Thibaud Clerget went to the Beaune Wine institute like his father. After graduating, to learn and make his own experience, he worked at Domaine Henri Boillot, then at Domaine Hudelot-Noellat from 2012 to 2013.

In 2013, Thibaud went overseas to work with with Pinot Noir specialists. First he went to New Zealand to work at Giesen Winery, then he headed to Oregon and worked at Domaine Drouhin there.

These different and rich experiences allowed him to gain confidence and when he came back to the family’s Domaine in 2015, he had a precise idea of the type of wines he wanted to make. For the 2015 vintage, all grapes were vinified at the Domaine and he announced the re-emergence of Domaine Yvon Clerget.

Quality of this kind from an inaugural release is incredibly rare. 

It is clear to all that have followed the rise of Thibaud Clerget, that benchmark status is imminent. He gave the Domaine a new lease of life. In the vineyards he converted everything to biodynamic, in the winery, he changed few things: he reduced the use of new oak and since 2018, he increased the proportion of whole bunches.

Thibaud is the 28th generation of his family to make wine in Volnay. He wants to produce wines that are delicate and that show the best of each terroir.

Today, the Domaine has 6 hectares throughout Volnay, Meursault, Pommard and Clos de Vougeot. Domaine Clerget’s staggering mosaic of vineyards is closely nurtured in order to reveal the shades of the magnificent Pinot Noir varietal.

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