Domaine du Clos de Tart Clos de Tart Grand Cru Monopole 2016
The six cuvées are blended before bottling to create the singular wine, Clos de Tart Grand Cru, which is never filtered though occasionally fined. It is bottled by hand, bottle by bottle, in the lower cellar. Each bottle carries a proprietary imprint to ensure provenance and enable traceability.
In some vintages, a portion of the wine, primarily from the younger vines (25 years), may be declassified and bottled as La Forge de Tart Premier Cru, ensuring that only the best of the best is bottled as Clos de Tart Grand Cru.
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Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Clos de Tart Grand Cru was assessed from a blend of all the component parts (except the young vines) that I previously tasted separately, as I have done over the last decade. The final blend will be 80% new oak, whereas my sample contained 100%, although this was discrete and enmeshed with the fruit. It has a fascinating bouquet, much more nuanced than those from a decade ago, dark fruit, a little earthier, with the stem addition lending it more freshness and even, dare I say, slightly green—and I mean that in a very positive sense. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, a core of slightly candied black cherry and blackcurrant fruit framed by quite “strict” tannin and a fresh, marine-influenced, brine-tinged finish that lingers long in the mouth. There is a sense of harmony and completeness here that, even over 20 years tasting at this address, I have rarely encountered. You can just feel the frisson in this wine. One of the finest wines from the Côte d'Or in 2016. It's that simple.