Clos de Tart, Mommesin 2002
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Tasted at the pre-dinner vertical to mark Sylvain Pitiot's retirement from the domaine, the 2002 Clos de Tart Grand Cru has long been one of my favorite vintages from this monopole, and at 13-years-old it shows no signs of losing that place in my heart. The bouquet is just so pure and refined, reminiscent of the 2005 in some way, albeit with not quite the same intensity. However, the detail is breathtaking - one of those bouquets that whisks you straight to its place of birth, within those ancient stone walls in Morey-Saint-Denis. The palate is brilliantly balanced, utterly refined with lace-like tannin, perfectly pitched acidity and a gentle build in the mouth towards a glorious, saline-tinged finish that hangs like the final piano chord in an empty hall. Wondrous - perhaps the high point of Pitiot's tenure?
|Score: 97||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (221), October 2015|
The generous wood this displayed from cask has begun to integrate and while not invisible, it is has now
begun to integrate. An expressive and extremely ripe black fruit and plum suffused nose is nuanced by hints of torrefaction,
earth and coffee are followed by supple, delicious, round and textured full-bodied flavors that are underpinned by firm tannins
and loads of ripe extract. This is a powerful yet detailed wine that does seem to carry its alcohol well with only a trace of
finishing warmth. In sum, this is a delicious and unbelievably long wine that bathes the palate in ripe pinot extract though note
that it is also quite youthful and will require ample cellar time to arrive at its apogee.
|Score: 93||Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (37), January 2010|
Six separate lots of the 2002 Clos de Tart were tasted, ranging from a cuvee of the youngest vines (planted in 1999), to the press wine, to older vine cuvees segregated by their location on the hillside vineyard. Lots deemed unworthy of the final blend are culled out in blind tastings to fashion the final assemblage. The following tasting note is based on a hypothetical final wine as the ultimate decisions had yet to be taken when I visited the estate (recent vintages have been better from bottle than the hypothetical blends tasted as samples at the domaine).
|Score: 94/96||Pierre-Antoine Rovani, Wine Advocate (153), June 2004|
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