It’s Easter and there are a lot of blogs to write up, a brief one to start. Having had the first Clos de Tart day back in November last year with a brilliant tasting of all the Sylvain Pitiot’s vintages (1996-2013) before he worked together on the 2014 with Jacques Devauges this was a chance to taste that very 2014. The estate is one of the seven Grand Cru monopoles of France (can you name all of them? See the bottom*) and I last visited during a very special trip burgundy in May 2014. In size terms it is actually very similar to La Tache.
La Forge de Tart 2014
The second wine on a selection basis.
Full colour, fuller than I normally associate with La Forge. Darker fruit too, serious wine, more currant-like fruit than red berries. Some good spice comes through and then more berried fruit with a herbal element. Good, quite bold structure, good tannins, present but ripe. 17.5-18/20
Clos de Tart 2014
Immediately sweeter fruit than the Forge. More depth, a rich feel, serious berried fruits. Quite a dark fruit character but with good lift. Depth and properness, made for the medium to long term I would say. The best since the 2010? Quite possibly, actually, yes it is. Long finish with dark cherry character coming through, very Cote de Nuits, good wine. 18.5/20
*The 7 Grand Cru Monopoles of France
La Grand Rue
Clos de Tart
Coulee de Serrant