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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 vintage has marked itself as another early vintage. Winter was relatively cool, but March was the hottest month registered in the region since 1957. Vine budding was therefore particularly early, taking place on 30 March. Although temperatures plummeted in April, the wind and dry weather helped preserve the vineyard. Spring took on a summery character and vine growth sped upt. Summer was also very sunny. The grapes harvested during the harvests were in an excellent state of health: the skins were thick and the aromatic expression was very varied.
Winemaking and ageing
After the harvests, which took place between 6 and 10 September, the best grapes of the pinot noir variety were taken to the cellar to begin a greatly precise winemaking process. Malolactic fermentation finished in June 2018 then the wine aged for 19 months in oak barrels and for one month in vats. Bottling took place in May 2019.
Pinot Noir (100%).
The 2017 Clos de Tart Grand cru Monopole presents a beautifully deep colour.
The aromatic bouquet reveals a beautiful, varied palette between ripe red fruits and floral scents, such as violets and roses.
The 2017 Clos de Tart Grand cru Monopole is a great Burgundy wine, sustained by the finest expression of elegance and freshness. The texture is extremely precise. The finesse and indulgence of the 2017 vintage is reinterpreted here through an airy signature, marked by silky and delicate tannins.