Clos de Tart Grand Cru - Monopole 2008 - Wine

Tasting note

The 2008 Clos de Tart is all class and elegance. It boasts fabulous inner perfume and endless layers of fruit. The nuance, purity and sheer breed are breathtaking. The 2008 shut down quickly in the glass, but not before leaving a lasting impression. The tannins possess incredible elegance, but that may not be fully apparent for a number of years. This is a gorgeous wine in every way. Anticipated maturity : 2023-2043. 94+ (Antonio Galloni - Wine Advocate - May 2011)

Informations

2008 is known as a ‘late' vintage, harvested at the beginning of October, unlike 2007, an early vintage which had been harvested at the beginning of September. Indeed, further to a cold and humid summer, the biological cycle of the vine was delayed and we had to wait until September 13th to see the north wind settle down, bringing a bright and dry weather necessary to a full ripeness of the grapes. These unusual climate conditions led us to apply specific training methods on the whole vineyard. In order to favour aeration and to give a maximum sunlight to the grapes, we thinned out the leaves twice manually : firstly just after the flowering, and secondly during the green harvest, at the beginning of the véraison ( change of colour of the grape berries). Moreover, during the green harvest, we have chosen to keep only the small sized grapes made of small berries, that are less susceptible to grey rot fungi attacks (Botrytis). This stringent work in the vineyard has enabled us to crop perfectly healthy grapes needing very little sorting out in the winery. Moreover, the vine has naturally produced a lot of grapes ‘millerands' which are very small seedless berries. These ‘millerands' are considered as high quality factors for the wines. In the past years, some late harvests have been known as great vintages : 1949 harvested on October 3rd 1961 harvested on October 3rd 1964 harvested on October 6th 1969 harvested on October 6th 1978 harvested on October 10th Main technical characteristics of the Clos de Tart 2008 :  Flowering : June 14th  Complete ‘véraison' : mid-August  Green harvest : beginning of August  Harvest : from October 3rd to October 6th  Yield :29.2 hl/ha = 1.5 tonne /acre  End of malolactic fermentation : September 2009  Average natural alcoholic content: 13°58  Average Ph : 3.51  Aging : 17 months in new casks The bottling in our cellars is scheduled at the end of March for La Forge de Tart and at the beginning of April for the Clos de Tart. As usual, it will be done without prior fining of the wine, without any filtration, by natural gravity, it will be hand-made bottle by bottle. We will release on the market 18, 300 bottles of Clos de Tart Grand Cru 2008 and 6, 900 bottles of La Forge de Tart Premier Cru 2008, the Clos de Tart second wine. Mild but not invisible wood frames very ripe yet cool and airy dark fruit aromas that speak of earth, violets, underbrush and a hint of menthol that leads to reserved, intense and tautly muscular broad-shouldered flavours that are excellent length on the balanced and palate staining finish. This should require between 15 to 20 years to arrive at its apogee as it's noticeably more structured than its '07 counterpart. (Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, January 2010) What's new in the vineyard :  Setting up of a planting experimentation of vines grafted on ‘Riparia gloire de Montpellier', a very qualitative rootstock which is little used in Burgundy because it is judged too fragile. What's new about the vatting  Vinification with more stems : from 30% to 50% depending on the ‘cuvées' and one ‘cuvée' with 100% whole clusters

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

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