Clos de Tart Grand Cru - Monopole 2004 - Wine

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Pale red in colour. Penetrating scents of redcurrant fruit with notes of ash. Fruit-fragrant, yet the constraint of the vintage is evident, shutting down the range of potential fruit allusions. On the palate: deep, full, intense, flavoury, long and spiced. The fruit is fully ripe when you analyse it in the mouth, and I haven't found this much glycerol on many 2004s; it has both power and drama. There is, as always with this vineyard in recent years, innate purity and concentration; it's a Grand Cru down to the soles of its boots. Yet it's also very true to its vintage, in that the ripeness is evidently stolen from the jaws of winter; this is a bare, pared ripeness, without any intrinsic generosity. All redcurrant; no hint of black cherry. A good wine, in sum, to illustrate why 2004 isn't a good vintage. I wouldn't keep beyond 10 years. Tasted 10 December 2007. (Andrew Jefford - Circle of Wine Writers)

Clos de Tart Grand Cru - Monopole
Clos de Tart Grand Cru - Monopole

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