2015 Domaine du Clos de Tart

Pinot Noir

Morey-Saint-Denis,  Cote de Nuits,  Burgundy,  France

$645
RP 97
V 96
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2015 Domaine du Clos de Tart 'Clos de Tart' Grand Cru Monopole, Cote de Nuits, France

Summary of the vintage:
2015 was an early and sunny year but still the vines did not suffer from drought. After budburst on April 8th, the vines developed rapidly. Flowering took place between the 3rd and 5th of June in perfect weather. June, July and August were very warm and dry months with several heat waves (+1.8°C above average temperatures and -35% rainfall). Fortunately, thanks to vine training methods limiting the grapes direct exposure to sunlight and a wet August, the vines were able to withstand these difficult conditions. A cooler and sunny September was ideal for the ripening process, preserving the acidity and giving a great freshness to the wines. Harvesting took place serenely from 5th to 8th September under clement skies.

Tasting Notes:
The Clos de Tart 2015 is a great powerful wine, racy, well balanced and juicy. Very fragrant on the nose, it has a wonderful bouquet of ripe red and black fruit with spicy notes and some floral hints. Upon tasting, what is striking is its density and concentration, underlined by delicate tannins and a wonderful crispness. The long finish is very complex with a mineral note.

RP 97

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The 2015 Clos de Tart Grand Cru is a monumental young wine, opening in the glass with a brooding bouquet of wild berries, peony, orange rind, licorice, espresso roast and spice. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, powerful and multidimensional, with an enormous core of vibrant fruit, an ample chassis of fine tannins and a beautiful line of acidity. While the vintage has brought an extra dimension of concentration and power to this Clos de Tart, it remains wonderfully controlled through the long, palate-staining finish, and the terroir—including its proximity to Bonnes Mares—is front and center. With his first solo vintage at Clos de Tart, Jacques Desvauges has evidently hit the ground running. Cropped at 22 hectoliters per hectare, vinified with 40% whole cluster, and aged in 80% new wood. Reviewed by William Kelley. Issue date: April 27, 2018. Drinking window: 2027-2070.
V 96

Vinous

(Rating 96+) The 2015 Clos de Tart Grand Cru has a very intense, almost precocious bouquet of perfumed black cherry, boysenberry, pencil box and cold black tea, all beautifully defined. A subtle rusty tincture surfaces with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded, supple tannin, an equal offering of red and black fruit laced with graphite, and almost Bordeaux "Graves" notes toward the beautifully focused, sustained finish. It ameliorates considerably in the glass, cajoling me to up my score. Tasted blind at the annual Burgfest tasting.

Reviewed by Neal Martin. Tasting date: September 2018. Drinking window: 2025-2060.

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RP 97

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The 2015 Clos de Tart Grand Cru is a monumental young wine, opening in the glass with a brooding bouquet of wild berries, peony, orange rind, licorice, espresso roast and spice. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, powerful and multidimensional, with an enormous core of vibrant fruit, an ample chassis of fine tannins and a beautiful line of acidity. While the vintage has brought an extra dimension of concentration and power to this Clos de Tart, it remains wonderfully controlled through the long, palate-staining finish, and the terroir—including its proximity to Bonnes Mares—is front and center. With his first solo vintage at Clos de Tart, Jacques Desvauges has evidently hit the ground running. Cropped at 22 hectoliters per hectare, vinified with 40% whole cluster, and aged in 80% new wood. Reviewed by William Kelley. Issue date: April 27, 2018. Drinking window: 2027-2070.
V 96

Vinous

(Rating 96+) The 2015 Clos de Tart Grand Cru has a very intense, almost precocious bouquet of perfumed black cherry, boysenberry, pencil box and cold black tea, all beautifully defined. A subtle rusty tincture surfaces with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded, supple tannin, an equal offering of red and black fruit laced with graphite, and almost Bordeaux "Graves" notes toward the beautifully focused, sustained finish. It ameliorates considerably in the glass, cajoling me to up my score. Tasted blind at the annual Burgfest tasting.

Reviewed by Neal Martin. Tasting date: September 2018. Drinking window: 2025-2060.

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