Joseph Clair (1889-1971)
Originator of the famous Domaine Clair-Daü which was founded
in Marsannay in 1919.
After the First World War, the Burgundian vineyards were in a deplorable
state and large areas were abandoned. Joseph Clair encouraged the
wine growers of Marsannay to pull up the vines of gamay and white
aligoté and to replant the vineyards in pinot noir and chardonnay,
nobler types of grape varieties.
He is also responsible for the creation of a rosé wine made
from pinot noir, the Rosé de Marsannay, which made it possible
for many wine growers to survive, and even to thrive, in those difficult
times since the red wines were not selling well and selling at prices
which are hardly enough to sustain the growers. Marsannay is the
only Burgundian appellation to produce rosé, white and red