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Clos de Tart Grand Cru Monopole 1996/99/01/03/11/13/14/16
Region: Burgundy
Winery: Domaine du Clos de Tart
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
Color: Red
Vintage: 2013
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Description: Thanks to the quality of its soil and its situtation, the Clos de Tart Grand Cru combines the strength of a Chambertin and the elegance of a Musigny. "It can please both the hedonists who are looking for immediate pleasure and the aesthetes who are immediately aware of its refined texture and delicate tannins.


Reviews

Publication Score Comments
BURGHOUND.com 94 FOR THE 2011 VINTAGE
"A very fresh, restrained and attractively ripe nose of spiced plum, earth, violets and rose petal. There is excellent richness and volume to the gorgeously textured, concentrated and mouth coating medium weight plus flavors that display outstanding intensity on the very firm, persistent and beautifully well-balanced finish."
Vinous - Antonio Galloni 95 FOR THE 2013 VINTAGE
The 2013 Clos de Tart Grand Cru was picked from October 8. I prefer the bouquet to that of the more confit-like 2014; this is very fresh and vivacious, offering black cherries mixed with blueberry and light violet aromas, the mineral component more expressive. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy black fruit on the entry, tinged with graphite. Shows good weight but tightens up toward the back end, suggesting that it may close down. Quite saline on the finish. Give it 7–8 years in bottle. Tasted at Clos de Tart.
The Wine Advocate 94 FOR THE 2013 VINTAGE
Tasted at the pre-dinner vertical to mark Sylvain Pitiot's retirement from the domaine, the 2013 Clos de Tart Grand Cru has similar intensity to the nascent 2014, but here there is more black fruit coming through. It is beautifully defined, floral and refined with hints of violet marrying with the fruit profile. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, a savory, digestif note on the entry, and the acidity finely tuned with a gentle crescendo in the mouth. This might turn out more structured and masculine than the 2014; there is a touch of meatiness lingering on the aftertaste. It is one of those intriguing Clos de Tart, medium rather than long-term potential
The Wine Advocate 94 FOR THE 2011 VINTAGE
Tasted at the pre-dinner vertical to mark Sylvain Pitiot's retirement from the domaine, the 2011 Clos de Tart Grand Cru has a distinctly more herbaceous and leafier nose than the 2012. Here we are walking in woodland around mid-October, the damp ground strewn with brown leaves. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly more rustic tannins than the 2012, but there is tremendous depth here and it seems to gain complexity toward the finish that gently fans out. It is another elegant Clos de Tart that will drink over the next 20 years.
Wine Spectator 94 FOR THE 2013 VINTAGE
A ripe, flamboyant style, boasting cherry, strawberry and baking spice flavors. Balanced and fresh, with firm tannins shoring up the long finish. Best from 2019 through 2035.
Vinous - Antonio Galloni 94+ FOR THE 2013 VINTAGE
Dark red with ruby highlights. Cool aromas of blackberry, black cherry, licorice, wild herbs, woodsmoke and black pepper. Sappy and fine- grained, showing piquant peppery lift to the dark fruit, spice, mineral and mint flavors. Less sweet than the 2014 but with captivating freshness and aromatic lift in the middle palate. Very young, weightless wine with a serious tannic spine and superb incipient complexity. -- Stephen Tanzer
The Wine Advocate NA FOR THE 2014 VINTAGE
(95-97) The 2014 Clos de Tart Grand Cru will contain 40% whole bunch fruit in the final. It was picked from September 17 until September 22. This blend that I tasted included the young vines at the bottom of the vineyard that may or may not be deselected to make a Forge de Tart (the decision will be made next year). It is also the first vintage that does not include old vines at the northwest corner that were pulled up in spring 2014, due to be replanted in four years' time. It has a very well defined bouquet with cranberry and wild strawberry fruit, fine mineral tones and is quite harmonious with hints of wet limestone. The palate is medium-bodied and I feel this has tightened up since I tasted it in September 2015. The fruit also seems a little darker. Blackberry and wild cherry, with a hint of cola and certainly more tangible mineralité on the finish, as you can feel the mouth tingling long after it has bid adieu.
Decanter Magazine 96 FOR THE 2014 VINTAGE
Vibrant, ripe black berry plus delicate notes of rose, a gorgeous silky texture and sweet spice finish. I tasted the seven parcels that make up this final wine and it's clear there's a sensational synergy in the blending.
Vinous - Antonio Galloni 93+ FOR THE 2014 VINTAGE
Moderately saturated medium red. Bright scents of dark cherry, flowers and spices enlivened by pepper and herb nuances; not a particularly underbrushy style. Wonderfully silky and perfumed on the palate, with flavors of raspberry, spices and flowers conveying a slightly exotic character but not quite the thickness this wine displayed from barrel in late 2015. In fact, this very long wine tightened up in the glass as mineral and herbal elements emerged. Seven or eight years of bottle aging should bring even greater complexity.
Vinous - Antonio Galloni 99+ FOR THE 2016 VINTAGE
The 2016 Clos de Tart Grand Cru, cropped at 35hl/ha, is the first year farmed biodynamically. This was completely breathtaking in barrel, and now, in bottle, nothing has changed in that respect. It has an ineffably complex bouquet, not as intense as it showed in barrel yet extremely deep and cerebral, black fruit mingling with forest floor, crushed stone and a touch of sea spray. The palate is perfectly balanced with a deceivingly understated entry, before a wave of black and red fruit crashes over the senses. It is framed by supremely fine tannin, the intensity building toward a crescendo as it fans out. The aftertaste is unbelievably long, remaining in the mouth 60 seconds after the wine has departed. The best ever - simple as that. Tasted at Clos de Tart.
The Wine Advocate 95 FOR THE 2017 VINTAGE
The 2017 Clos de Tart Grand Cru is a decided success, wafting from the glass with fragrant aromas of orange rind, raspberries, wild berries and peonies that are complemented by deeper-pitched nuances of grilled game, cinnamon and spicy soil tones. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, satiny and succulent, with an open, giving profile this year despite its excellent concentration and fleshy core, concluding with a tangy, saline finish. Tasting several barrels of the different components, which had been held back when the assemblage was made, was in a sense more revealing than trying the final blend, since the latter had been racked and sulfited. Once again, Jacques Desvauges used appreciable percentages of whole cluster and matured the wine in 80% new oak.
Vinous - Antonio Galloni NA FOR THE 2017 VINTAGE
The 2017 Clos de Tart Grand Cru was matured in around 80% new oak, the barrels toasted chauff blonde. Jacques Desvauges mentioned that the wine needed oxygen ingress during maturation that only new oak can give. I tasted the component parts (as usual) as well as the blend. This has a very detailed, delineated bouquet offering mainly black fruit mixed with sous-bois, tobacco, clove and bay leaf, the typicité of the appellation showing through nicely. It feels very succinct and yet so fresh. The palate is beautifully balanced on the entry with a killer line of acidity. Pure black cherry fruit is joined by bilberry, hints of black olive and a marine/oyster shell tincture that comes through quite strongly toward the persistent, saline finish, which fans out with confidence. This is a brilliant follow-up to the benchmark 2016 by Jacques Desvauges and his team. 96-98pts
Vinous - Antonio Galloni 98 FOR THE 2002 VINTAGE
Bright, deep red. Very pure, youthful aromas of raspberry, garrigue and pungent minerals; this smells like a five-year-old Burgundy. Round and sweet in the mouth, showing excellent volume for the vintage but also captivating tangy acidity to frame and intensify the flavors of red berries, minerals and black mushroom. Wonderfully suave, seamless wine with great class--and incredibly fresh and youthful for the vintage. Finishes with palate-staining persistence and pungent red fruits. This remarkable wine, probably the youngest 2002 I tasted this fall, still has decades of life ahead of it. 98+pts