Tasted at the pre-dinner vertical to mark Sylvain Pitiot`s retirement from the domaine, the 2013 Clos de Tart Grand Cru has similar intensity to the nascent 2014, but here there is more black fruit coming through. It is beautifully defined, floral and refined with hints of violet marrying with the fruit profile. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, a savory, digestif note on the entry, and the acidity finely tuned with a gentle crescendo in the mouth. This might turn out more structured and masculine than the 2014; there is a touch of meatiness lingering on the aftertaste. It is one of those intriguing Clos de Tart, medium rather than long-term potential.
Situated in the heart of the Côte de Nuits in the village of Morey-Saint-Denis, Clos de Tart's vineyard is unique thanks to its diverse terroir. The Estate is completely surrounded by a dry-stone wall, giving the Estate its name, as 'Clos' means 'walled vineyard'. This historic structure totals 1.2 km in length and is traditionally Burgundian in origin. Clos de Tart's vineyard is planted with the best Pinot Noir vines, commonly called Pinots Fins that come from a selection of the highest-quality plants. They are the result of centuries-old viticultural savoir-faire acquired from the best terroirs of the Côte de Nuits. Thanks to the high average age of their vines, many of which are around sixty years old, Clos de Tart can reveal the very essence and soul of this remarkable vineyard.
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