Clos de Tart Grand Cru - Monopole 2009 - Wine

Tasting note

Soft floral notes add breadth to the notably ripe yet appealingly fresh aromas that are quite pure as they evidence only a trace of wood. The supple broad-shouldered flavors possess good energy and excellent depth on the velvety yet very firm finish that is at once supported and shaped by the solidly structured, indeed even robust finish. This is a very serious wine that was expressly built to age and it should improve for out to 20 years if kept in quality storage conditions. It's possible that this will rival the 2005 and 2008 in time. 93-97 pts / 2027+ (Allen Meadows, Burghound.com Issue 41 - January 2011).

Informations

The most important features of year 2009 are as follows: Favourable climate conditions The vine benefitted from ideal conditions during the whole growing cycle : early bud burst,fast flowering and rapid véraison ( grapes turning purple) , rains in July , sun and heat in August and September when the grapes started to mature . In mid-September,the grapes were fully ripened with a beautiful balance between sugar, acidity, tannins and aromas , the perfect sanitary conditions of the bunches being thus maintained until harvest time. A yield to be controlled A nice grape output, excellent flowering conditions and rain in July were the three factors favouring a prolific crop that we had to control by carrying out a stringent green harvest. A mystery that is still unveiled: the 9 ending vintages. A mystery or just a coincidence ? Indeed the 1919, 1929, 1949, 1959, 1999 vintages are among the best of the 20th century. This is a phenomenon to think about without trying to explain it though. Nature has its secrets that man is unable to penetrate. A 2009 vintage as exceptional as 2005 The fine wine connoisseurs for Burgundy like to compare 2005 and 2009. The success of 2005 vintage was due to exceptional natural factors on which the vine grower didn't have to intervene. The good weather conditions linked with the natural regulation of the yields helped produce healthy and ripe grapes. For year 2009, the abundant harvest beneath clement skies led the rigorous vine grower to get rid of a part of the bunches to favour a complete maturing of the left grapes. This courageous decision enabled us to harvest as perfect grapes as in 2005. Main technical features for Clos de Tart 2009 - Full flowering on June 4th - Beginning of the véraison (grapes turning to purple)on July 25th - Green harvest on July 27th - Harvesting on September 15th - Yield : 26.4 hl/ha - Average natural alcohol content : 13°59 - Average Ph : 3.61 - Early malo-lactic fermentation : over by the end of winter - Ageing : 17 months in new oak Bottling is planned for mid-March in our cellars. There will not be any La Forge de Tart 2009 but exclusively Clos de Tart Grand Cru this year. As a matter of fact, the two young vine plots planted with the Domain selected vine plants have yielded rich and well-structured wines that are quite adapted to a blending with the older wine ‘cuvées'. We will put on the market 19,500 bottles of Clos de Tart 2009. What's new on the vineyard? In spring 2011 we will replant a 22a80 parcel (0.71 acres) situated on the top slope of the vineyard. What's new in the winery? More and more whole bunches fermentation (= undestemmed grapes) depending on the stalk quality. What's new in the PR sector ? Launching of our new website www.clos-de-tart.com

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

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