Situated in Morey-Saint-Denis, Clos de Tart was acquired by Artemis in April 2018 for a rumoured 250 to 280 million euros
I first tasted Clos de Tart more than 30 years ago.
It left an incredible impression. Truth be known, the sensation blew me away.
It was, therefore, a moment of consequence when, last month on 19 January 2022, I was ushered into the walled vineyard itself. By no less than its present-day Director & Winemaker Alessandro Noli, whose first vintage is 2019.
The 7.53- hectare walled vineyard is the largest of the five Burgundy Grand Cru monopoles.
Alessandro Noli is the Italian director & winemaker of Burgundy’s Clos de Tart
The 7.53- hectare walled vineyard is the largest of the five Burgundy Grand Cru monopoles
The mythical estate has a history travelling back 900 years.
To its great credit, France, and Europe, is so enlightened it does not think twice to have an Italian responsible for the winemaking at the legendary monopole.
Situated in Morey-Saint-Denis, Clos de Tart was acquired by Artemis Domaines (owner also of Chateau Latour, Chateau Grillet, and Domaine d’Eugenie) in April 2018 for a rumoured 250 to 280 million euros.
La Forge de Tart 2020
The day I visited – 19 January 2022 – was a cold, windswept afternoon. La Forge is something of a “second wine” of Clos de Tart. Previously, La Forge was smothered in 100% new oak. Fortunately, for lovers of fruit, Alessandro Noli is employing less new wood and also lower extraction so the fruit will shine even brighter. Also, previously, the old regime was doing around 15 pigeage. Now, Noli only does one or two in order to ensure the fruit shines rather than the tannins and structure. Deep, ripe, rich raspberry fruit with equally rich, harmonious tannins. Stunning freshness.
Clos de Tart 2020
Very rich and uber ripe, both the fruit and tannins. Loads of energy, stamina, and persistence. At the same time, tight, taut, and tensioned.