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Clos de Tart
France

Superbly situated in Morey-Saint-Denis — just above the southern edge of the village between the grands crus of Gevrey-Chambertin to the north and Chambolle-Musigny to the south — Clos de Tart is 7.53 hectares (18.6 acres) in size, making it the largest grand cru monopole in Burgundy.

When Sylvain Pitiot became manager in 1995, he not only focused his attention on the preservation of Clos de Tart, but also a renaissance of its vines and vinification. As Pitiot gained an intimate knowledge of each parcel row by row, he began experimenting in the vineyard and at the winery. Pitiot’s philosophy is grounded in uncompromising attention to the vines. He believes in picking late (“tard, tard, tard!” as Sylvain says) and a hands-off approach in the cellar. Through his vineyard practices, experiments and technological investments, Pitiot has moved the Clos de Tart style toward greater ripeness and more intensity, framed by elegance and terroir expression.

Despite its relatively small size, Clos de Tart encompasses many different soil profiles within its four walls, all very rich in limestone and clay. The oldest planted parcel dates back to 1918 with the average vine age being approximately 60-years-old. With its own clonal nursery, Clos de Tart employs massal selection to protect its provenance during regular replanting of old vines. The vineyard holds the rare distinction of being planted north to south (perpendicular to the slope) - a planting method found in roughly 1% of vineyards in Burgundy but critical to combat erosion and provide optimum sun exposure.

The viticulture at Clos de Tart is essentially organic unless encroaching ailments leave no other option. At the winery, strict selections of grapes are vinified as six separate cuvées due to the estate’s distinct soil types. The vast majority of grapes are destemmed and undergo a traditional vinification with indigenous yeasts. Bi-level cellars, dug into the rock by villagers in 1850 provide ideal conditions for élevage. Each cuvée is vinified and matured in 100% new French oak barrels for approximately 18 months. The six cuvées are then blended, gravity fed directly from cask and bottled by hand to create the singular wine, Clos de Tart Grand Cru.

Website:
www.clos-de-tart.com

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Wines:
2008 Clos de Tart La Forge 1er Cru [CDT310_08]
2010 Clos de Tart Grand Cru [CDT300_10]
2011 Clos de Tart Grand Cru [CDT300_11]
2011 Clos de Tart La Forge 1er Cru [CDT310_11]
2013 Clos de Tart Grand Cru [CDT300_13]
2014 Clos de Tart Grand Cru [CDT300_14]
2014 Clos de Tart La Forge 1er Cru [CDT310_14]
2015 Clos de Tart Grand Cru [CDT300_15]