The 2017 Clos de Tart shows beautiful depth, with complex aromas which transition from red fruits to black as the wine aerates. Ethereal floral notes of violets and rose carry with the long palate of silky, delicate tannins. 2017 is a vintage that should show beautifully with potential for long cellar aging. The wine is supported by the terroir’s signature frame of great precision, in line with the best years produced at the Domaine.
“The 2017 Clos de Tart Grand Cru was matured in around 80% new oak, the barrels toasted chauff blonde. Jacques Desvauges mentioned that the wine needed oxygen ingress during maturation that only new oak can give. I tasted the component parts (as usual) as well as the blend. This has a very detailed, delineated bouquet offering mainly black fruit mixed with sous-bois, tobacco, clove and bay leaf, the typicité of the appellation showing through nicely. It feels very succinct and yet so fresh. The palate is beautifully balanced on the entry with a killer line of acidity. Pure black cherry fruit is joined by bilberry, hints of black olive and a marine/oyster shell tincture that comes through quite strongly toward the persistent, saline finish, which fans out with confidence.” – 96-98 Points, Neal Martin, Vinous Media