Burghound Clos de Tart, 2011 Clos de Tart Grand Cru
"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 (91-94)." –Jan 2013
Stephen Tanzer Clos de Tart, 2011 Clos de Tart Grand Cru
"Bright ruby-red. Aromas of briary black raspberry, wild herbs, licorice, violet, rose and pepper. Smooth, dense and suave; shows a fine-grained texture but seemed to shut down in the glass. Finishes with good medicinal reserve and rather substantial, slightly dusty tannins that coat the front teeth. About half of the lots were vinified with whole clusters (91-93)."
The Wine Advocate Clos de Tart, 2011 Clos de Tart Grand Cru
"The 2011 Clos de Tart was bottled three months prior to my visit in early June. Cropped at the beginning of September over four or five days at 28 hectoliters per hectare, Sylvain described the 2011 as a precocious vintage that will be drinkable before others. It has a wonderful, refined, beguilingly pure bouquet of fresh strawberry, black plum and dried rose petals that is more floral than fruit-driven. The palate is nicely structured: open and inviting, the tannins slightly grainy with a finish that is unusually light on its feet and fanning out with crisp strawberry, tart red cherry cherries and a pinch of white pepper for good measure. 'C’est un vin de plaisir', as Sylvain so aptly described it." –Aug 2013
Superbly situated in Morey-Saint-Denis, Clos de Tart is 7.53 hectares (18.6 acres) in size, making it the largest grand cru monopole in Burgundy.
Estate manager Sylvain 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. Pitiot has moved the Clos de Tart style toward greater ripeness and more intensity, framed by elegance and terroir expression.
The viticulture at Clos de Tart is essentially organic unless encroaching ailments leave no other option.