Clos de Tart Grand Cru - Monopole 2013 - Wine

Tasting note

Beautiful savoury notes with lovely bright red fruit too and spicy nuances, silky on the palate with a long spicy finish. Extremely elegant. 94/100 - 2018-2028 (Gerard Basset - Decanter - January 2015) Deep red-ruby. Expressive aromas of black raspberry, spices, stone and pepper. Lush and ripe but with excellent sappy energy to the flavors of dark berries, licorice, flowers and curry powder. Very dense and sweet for the year without being heavy or over the top. Most impressive today on the very long, vibrant finish, which features broad, fine-grained tannins and lovely rising perfume. The thicker 2012 may surpass this wine in the long run, but I have a weakness for Clos de Tart in cooler vintages. 93-95 - 2023-2038 (Vinous International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - Antonio Galloni - January 2015) This is Sylvain Pitiot's last vintage in charge at Clos de Tart but he has gone out on a high. I only tasted an approximation of the final blend - there are six "building blocks" - but it's a powerful, concentrated, comparatively late picked red, with quite a bit of oak, firmish tannins, dark fruits, some sap and sweetness and the concentration to age. 94 - 2020-30 (Tim Atkin - Burgundy 2013 Special Report - February 2015)

Informations

Resembling the past three years, 2013 was another difficult year where the vines had to fight against numerous hazards. Indeed, according to climatologists, rainfall records were beaten in spring 2013 for the first time in over a century. As far as flowering is concerned, 2013 has been the latest vintage for two decades with a two to three-week delay. The bad weather conditions, before and during the flowering, led to three physiological incidents: what we call the‘ filage' (the bunches turn into tendrils), the ‘coulure' (bunches simply abort) and the millerandage (tiny berries develop) , mainly resulting in a diminution of the volume of wine produced as a whole. As far as ‘véraison' (grapes turning from green to purple) is concerned, the colour changes really started after August the 15th when the weather got better and became warm and sunny. Then cool and damp conditions were back again in September leading to a very slow bunch maturing. Luckily enough, the Clos de Tart was totally spared the violent hail storm of July 22nd that devastated an important number of vines grown by our Côte de Beaune fellow wine growers. With this 2013 vintage, the Clos de Tart grapes were survivors that escaped every possible hazard. They had to face cold, heavy drought, rain, oïdium pressure, late flowering, bunches turning into tendrils, aborted bunches, tiny berries, late colour changing and slow maturing, they only escaped hail and Botrytis pressure. Still, thanks to the Clos de Tart exceptional terroir quality and also to the strenuous work of our vineyard workers, we were able to harvest grapes at optimal maturity after a long waiting. Main features for Clos de Tart 2013: • Estimated full flowering : June 28th • Estimated véraison : August 28th • Harvest: from October 8th to October 1st • Yield :26.3 hl/ha • Final average alcohol content : 13.5% volume • Average pH : 3.54 • Ageing : 16 months in new oak Finally, few bunches arrived safe at the winery but they were very healthy, with small thick-skinned berries, the thick and resistant skins of each bunch enabling the grapes to resist against the aggressions of Mother Nature. Clos de Tart 2013 can be described as follows: • A deep red robe with ruby tinges. • An intense and deep nose with complex aromatic notes of flower and spice. • A fleshy and racy palate with dense and voluptuous tannins, a silky and full structure. • The general impression is that this wine is ample, elegant with a great aromatic persistency. What's new on the vineyard? • A quick succession spraying system using pneumatic energy to fight against diseases such as mildew and oïdium. • A cartography giving a very precise geo-localisation for each one of the 74 472 vine plant, enabling to follow them up individually: rootstock type, year of plantation, bunch load, vigour and so on... What's new in the winery? • A vibrating sorting table enabling to get rid of the dried little berries, the insects and any undesirable small-size element that is not necessarily visible to the naked eye. • A humidity control device by osmosed water vapour spraying to avoid wine loss due to evaporation and transpiration. To finish, the Clos de Tart 2013 bottling took place between March 3rd and March 6th 2015; in our cellars we stick to bottling by hand using gravity, without any fining or filtering, bottle by bottle. This bottling operation was prepared and carried out in close collaboration with Jacques Devauges, who took over the Clos de Tart management on January 1st 2015 as Sylvain Pitiot will retire this year. Jacques, 40, has a sound educational background (a degree in Vine Science, a Higher National Diploma in wine chemistry from Burgundy University) and a good experience of the wine industry in France and abroad (Château Potelle in Napa Valley, Domaine de la Vougeraie (Boisset group), Domaine Michel & Frédéric Magnien at Morey-Saint-Denis).

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

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