The 2016 Clos de Tart Grand Cru was assessed from a blend of all the component parts (except the young vines) that I previously tasted separately, as I have done over the last decade. The final blend will be 80% new oak, whereas my sample contained 100%, although this was discrete and enmeshed with the fruit. It has a fascinating bouquet, much more nuanced than those from a decade ago, dark fruit, a little earthier, with the stem addition lending it more freshness and even, dare I say, slightly green—and I mean that in a very positive sense. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, a core of slightly candied black cherry and blackcurrant fruit framed by quite “strict” tannin and a fresh, marine-influenced, brine-tinged finish that lingers long in the mouth. There is a sense of harmony and completeness here that, even over 20 years tasting at this address, I have rarely encountered. You can just feel the frisson in this wine. One of the finest wines from the Côte d`Or in 2016. It`s that simple.
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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