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 2016 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 2016 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 2016 vintage opened with a particularly mild winter followed by a spring with fresh beginnings. A frosty night took place at the end of April, but fortunately, the vines at Clos de Tart were largely spared. May and June were particularly rainy, well above seasonal averages. In contrast, summer was hot and dry, allowing the grapes to ripen in excellent conditions. Thus, the harvested grapes were in a very good state of health, needing little sorting.
Winemaking and ageing
After the harvests, which took place from 28 September to 3 October, the best grapes of the Pinot Noir variety were taken to the cellar to begin a greatly precise winemaking process. Malolactic fermentation ended on June 2017, after which the wine aged for 17 months before being bottled in April 2018.
Pinot Noir (100%).
The 2016 Clos de Tart Grand cru Monopole presents a superbly deep ruby colour.
The aromatic bouquet is extremely complex. Fruits, such as wild strawberries, are combined with flowers, such as lilacs and roses, and spicy and peppered notes, as well as notes of tobacco and herbal tea.
The 2016 Clos de Tart Grand cru Monopole is a great Burgundy wine with a dense, complex and airy character. Its beautiful fullness on the palate offers the possibility to savour the fleshy and silky tannins which coat the palate. The long and caressing finish gives this bottling its powerful, seductive and elegant style.