Bruno Clair created the eponymous estate in 1979.

His family history is quite complex, as is often the case in wine estates in Burgundy. The family began making wine at the beginning of the 19th century and Bruno represents the sixth generation of winegrowers.

  • 1919 In 1919, Joseph Clair, Bruno’s grandfather, originally from Santenay, married Marguerite Daü, who worked vineyards in Marsannay-la-Côte.
  • 1930 – 1960 Joseph Clair acquired vines in Gevrey-Chambertin (including Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze and Les Cazetiers), Morey-Saint-Denis (including Bonnes-Mares) and Chambolle-Musigny.
  • 1954 – 1971 In 1954, together with his wife, his sister-in-law and his three children, Joseph established the CLAIR-DAÜ estate. In the 1950s and 1960s, his son Bernard Clair and daughter-in-law Geneviève Bartet bought vines in Gevrey-Chambertin (including Clos-Saint-Jacques and Clos du Fonteny), Vosne-Romanée, Savigny-les-Beaune (La Dominode) and Marsannay. Following Joseph Clair’s death in 1971, Bernard Clair took over the management of the Clair-Daü estate.
  • 1985 Internal disagreements led to the break-up of the estate.
    The vines were divided among the partners. Bernard and Geneviève entrusted theirs to Bruno, who developed his own estate with his brother Michel and his sisters Anne, Aleth and Agnès, creating a family-run business.
  • 1986 – 2019 From 1986 onwards, the Bruno Clair estate comprised 17 hectares, spread over the villages of Marsannay, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-Saint-Denis, Vosne-Romanée and Savigny-Les-Beaune.
    The family availed of several opportunities to expand the estate to include:
    In 1990, Chambolle-Musigny;
    In 1993, Aloxe-Corton (including Corton-Charlemagne) and Pernand-Vergelesses;
    In 1996, Gevrey-Chambertin (including Petite-Chapelle);
    In 2006, Bonnes-Mares, acquired gradually – it had previously been rented;
    In 2019, a plot in Chambolle-Musigny Les Charmes.
  • 2005 Isabelle, Bruno’s wife, joined the estate in 2005 to run the administrative and commercial aspects. She is also responsible for customer relations.
  • 2010 … In 2010, Edouard, their eldest son joined the estate, followed by Margaux and Arthur in 2018. Each of the children now has a specific role. Edouard is responsible for the vines and the vinification process. Margaux takes care of shipping, but is also involved in the vineyards. Arthur is in charge of the cellar and manages the vinification with Edouard.

To date, the estate comprises 27 hectares across 8 villages, and produces 32 different appellations.