Wine Spectator Clos de Tart, 2010 Clos de Tart Grand Cru
"Rich and dense, this red offers deep aromas of cherry, raspberry, flowers and spice, with the oak spice more prevalent on the palate. Beautifully balanced, giving an effortless impression overall,
presenting a lingering aftertaste of ripe fruit, oak and mineral. Best from 2017 through 2040." –Feb 2014, Bruce Sanderson
Wine Advocate Clos de Tart, 2010 Clos de Tart Grand Cru
"Tasted at the pre-dinner vertical to mark Sylvain Pitiot's retirement from the domaine, the 2010 Clos de Tart Grand Cru would have been made by angels if not Sylvain Pitiot (angels that had graduated from University of Dijon with a degree in oenology). The nose is so ineffably pure that it is guaranteed to bring a tear to the eye. In a strange way it reminds me of a top Armand Rousseau with its awe-inspiring transparency. The palate is ethereal - divine balance, a gentle grip, a saline edge and poise on the finish that takes your breath away. Iron fist in a velvet glove, etc. This is surely legend in the making. -NM"
Soft floral notes add breadth to the notably ripe yet appealingly fresh aromas that are quite pure as they evidence only a trace of wood. The supple broad-shouldered flavors possess good energy and excellent depth on the velvety yet very firm finish that is at once supported and shaped by the solidly structured, indeed even robust finish. This is a very serious wine that was expressly built to age and it should improve for out to 20 years if kept in quality storage conditions. It's possible that this will rival the 2005 and 2008 in time. 93-97 pts / 2027+ (Allen Meadows, Burghound.com Issue 41 - January 2011).
The most important features of year 2009 are as follows:
Favorable climate conditions: The vine benefitted from ideal conditions during the whole growing cycle : early bud burst,fast flowering and rapid véraison ( grapes turning purple) , rains in July , sun and heat in August and September when the grapes started to mature .
In mid-September,the grapes were fully ripened with a beautiful balance between sugar, acidity, tannins and aromas , the perfect sanitary conditions of the bunches being thus maintained until harvest time.
A yield to be controlled: A nice grape output, excellent flowering conditions and rain in July were the three factors favouring a prolific crop that we had to control by carrying out a stringent green harvest.