Clos de Tart : Clos de Tart Grand cru Monopole 2019
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The nobility of a great terroir in Burgundy within a wine with a tremendous balance and unparalleled precision
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 2019 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 2019 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 2019 vintage was characterised by its powerful, complex wines, greatly and elegantly concentrated with a superb balance. The year opened with a winter of mild temperatures, leading to early vine budding. A wave of coldness and frost in April, which were countered by antifreeze candles deployed by the team at the Clos throughout the vineyard, slowed down the natural growth cycle. Therefore, flowering was at a normal time, neither early nor late. Drought began to appear in May before intensifying in June and July. Heat waves came one after the other during the summer season and the berries finished ripening peacefully. The grapes were in an excellent state of health, requiring very little sorting.
Winemaking and ageing
After the harvests, which took place between 13 and 19 September, the best grapes of the pinot noir variety were taken to the cellar to begin a very precise winemaking process. 60% of the harvest were whole bunches. The wine aged for 18 months in 70% new oak barrels before being bottled on 26 March 2021.
Pinot Noir (100%).
The 2019 Clos de Tart Grand cru Monopole presents a beautiful, seductive crimson red colour.
The aromatic bouqet possesses a remarkable complexity. Red fruits, such as strawberries or even tayberries, provide a great freshness which goes wonderfully with aromas of the darkest fruits, like blackcurrants or even plums. Herbal, floral and spiced notes come together to enhance the overall picture.
The 2019 Clos de Tart Grand cru Monopole is a great Burgundy wine which perfectly captures the nobility of its terroir through an amazing balance and an unparalleled precision.