Burghound Clos de Tart, 2013 Clos de Tart Grand Cru
"(from vines that average around 60+ years of age). This is quite floral with pretty and very spicy aromas of violets, plum, black cherry and plum liqueur scents. There is a relatively refined mouth feel to the powerful, intense and solidly well-concentrated medium weight plus flavors that possess a subtle trace of minerality on the balanced and impressively long finish. In the context of recent vintages, 2013 is not a huge vintage for this wine but it certainly produced a robust version. (92-94)" –April 2015
The exceptional quality of the terroir and strenuous work contributed by the vineyard workers allow the fruit to be harvested at optimal maturity after a long waiting period. The wine spends 16 months in new French oak and is bottled the following spring.
Resembling the past three years, 2013 was another difficult year where the vines had to fight against numerous hazards. Veraison started after August the 15th when the weather got better and became warm and sunny. Then cool and damp conditions were back again in September leading to a very slow bunch maturing. With this 2013 vintage, the Clos de Tart grapes were survivors that escaped every possible hazard.
"This is Sylvain Pitiot's last vintage in charge at Clos de Tart but he has gone out on a high. I only tasted an approximation of the final blend - there are six "building blocks" - but it's a powerful, concentrated, comparatively late picked red, with quite a bit of oak, firmish tannins, dark fruits, some sap and sweetness and the concentration to age." - 94 points, Tim Atkin, Burgundy 2013 Special Report, February 2015