Reviews & Scores
Absolutely bursting with blue and red fruits, the concentration is deceptive here, as it starts out juicy and full of air, but after a few minutes in the glass you start to feel the weight and the texture, and this turns into an extremely serious wine with real tannic hold. Gorgeous savoury finish, as you get so often in the best Burgundies, where weightlessness is such a brilliant veil to the power behind. 55% whole cluster.
The 2018 Clos de Tart Grand Cru was picked from August 30, the earliest on record, with some previously included parcels now relegated to the Premier Cru. The blend was made at the end of May. With approximately 60% whole-bunch fruit and matured in around 80% new oak (this figure will probably decrease in the future). this has quite a floral bouquet with pressed violets and rose petals infusing the red berry fruit. There is just a hint of balsamic in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit on the entry and fine acidity. Quite saline and spicy in the mouth, delivering satisfying depth toward the finish. This is a very capable Clos de Tart, though one that signposts even better vintages in the future as various improvements come into play.
Bursting with aromas of wild berries, kirsch, warm spices, maraschino cherries, cinnamon and creamy new oak, the 2018 Clos de Tart Grand Cru is full-bodied, rich and fleshy, with an ample core of ripe fruit, ripe acids and fine, powdery tannins. Stylistically—even though the domaine began the harvest on August 30—this is a heady, opulent and somewhat overbearing Clos de Tart that has more in common with the wines of the Pitiot-era than the 2015, 2016 or 2017 vintages at this address. Of course, it may become more dynamic with another winter in barrel, so it will be more than usually interesting to revisit this in bottle.