Clos de Tart is a unique Burgundy estate owing to its 900 years of rich history. Today, it is the Pinault family, known for their love of historical estates such as Château Latour in Pauillac, who takes close care of the grounds at the Clos. As such, significant renovation work has been carried out in order to enhance the estate’s exceptional architectural heritage. Amongst other things, a new winery was inaugurated in 2019 and this marvel of modernity paved the way for haute couture winemaking, bringing the estate to new heights of excellence.
The 2011 Clos de Tart Grand cru Monopole is made from plots in the Clos de Tart vineyard, located at the heart of Côte de Nuits. The pinot noir vines, aged by 60 years on average, are laid out from north to south and are deeply rooted in soils which vary between limestone, clay, pebbles, gravel and marl. This homogeneous exposure and complex geology led the owners to demarcate the Clos into 12 different microclimates, all harvested separately. To preserve this precious terroir, Clos de Tart has been cultivated with biodynamic agriculture since 2016, obtaining the Biodyvin certification in 2019.
The 2011 Clos de Tart Grand cru Monopole is a Grand Cru Monopole, a most prestigious denomination. In fact, the Grand Cru classification only brings together terroirs which produces the rarest wines. The Clos de Tart has the particular characteristic of being the largest Grand Cru Monopole in Burgundy, with its sometimes 100-year-old vines which cover 7.53 hectares. Regarding the ‘Monopole’ aspect, this implies that the vineyard has never been subdivided during handovers, something rare for Burgundy.
The 2011 vintage was characterised by conditions which were very varied and, to say the least, unpredictable. Spring enjoyed remarkable sunshine at above-average levels, bringing about an early flowering and harvests despite the wet summer. The return of the sun and heat at the end of August convinced the team at Clos de Tart to wait a little longer to allow the grapes to reach a perfect state of ripeness.
Winemaking and ageing
After the harvests, which took place from 8 to 12 September, the best grapes of the pinot noir variety were taken to the cellar to begin a greatly precise winemaking process. Malolactic fermentation ended in May 2012, after which the wine was aged for 17 months before bottling on February 2013.
Pinot Noir (100%).
The aromatic bouquet conveys a character that is full of charm and very fragrant. The red fruits harmonise wonerfully with spicy and floral touches, as well as notes of wild herbs.
The 2011 Clos de Tart Grand cru Monopole is a great Burgundy wine, delicate and rich at the same time. The fine tannins offer a superb palate, with a beautifully long finish which prolongs the pleasure.