Wine Advocate
Clos de Tart, 2014 Clos de Tart Grand Cru

"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. -NM"
–Dec 2015
Wine Advocate
Clos de Tart, 2014 Clos de Tart Grand Cru

"Tasted at the pre-dinner vertical to mark Sylvain Pitiot's retirement from the domaine, the 2014 Clos de Tart Grand Cru has a crisp, brambly bouquet with a touch of black tea hovering in the background; it is slightly autumnal and very elegant. The palate is very well balanced and natural, the acidity well judged with a pleasing saline aspect. There is a weightless intensity on the finish with just a dash of black pepper on the aftertaste. This is fulfilling its potential, but I will re-taste later this year to investigate further. -NM"
–Oct 2015
Clos de Tart, 2014 Clos de Tart Grand Cru

"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"
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2014 Clos de Tart Grand Cru
Clos de Tart

The oldest planted parcel dates back to 1918, though the average vine age is 60 years. With its own clonal nursery, Clos de Tart employs massal selection to protect its provenance during regular replanting of the 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.

At the winery, harvested grapes are hand sorted by a skilled team before perfect bunches are selected. Grapes are vinified as six separate cuvées due to 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 matures in new oak barrels, primarily from France’s Tronçais forest, for approximately 18 months.

The six cuvées are blended before bottling to create the singular wine, Clos de Tart Grand Cru, which is never filtered though occasionally fined. It is bottled by hand, bottle by bottle, in the lower cellar. Each bottle carries a proprietary imprint to ensure provenance and enable traceability.

In some vintages, a portion of the wine, primarily from the younger vines (25 years), may be declassified and bottled as La Forge de Tart Premier Cru, ensuring that only the best of the best is bottled as Clos de Tart Grand Cru.

The viticulture at Clos de Tart is essentially organic unless encroaching ailments leave no other option.

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