Mommessin   Clos de Tart

1999 Clos de Tart

By Mommessin

1999 Clos de Tart from Mommessin, Burgundy, France

The 1999 Clos de Tart from Mommessin stands as a pinnacle of winemaking craft from the hallowed vineyards of Burgundy. This particular vintage strikes a resplendent poise between vigor and finesse, a result shaped by the harmonious conditions of a storied growing season. Each encounter with this wine unfolds chapters of complexity gained over two decades, narrating the tale of its climatic lineage.


A Terroir that Speaks Volumes

Encircled by stone walls dating back centuries, the monopole of Clos de Tart encapsulates terroir expression that is as distinct as it is venerated. Throughout 1999, the estate benefited from optimal weather, leading to grapes that married ripeness with refreshing acidity—a dichotomy that’s preserved in every glass poured today.


An Investment-worthy Vintage for Connoisseurs

The 1999 offering from Mommessin showcases the revered characteristics associated with Clos de Tart—a winery known for the prodigious longevity of its grand crus. Hints of wild berries intertwine with earthy undertones and truffle nuances on the palate, suggesting an astute investment for collectors seeking maturation potential in their portfolio. The tannin architecture speaks softly but carries profound depth, promising further revelations with time.

It is rare to encounter such a splendid consortium of structure and suppleness, yet the 1999 Clos de Tart delivers this with aplomb. Beyond its gastronomic allure, it stands as an emblematic opportunity for those invested in acquiring treasures from Burgundy's best vintages.

In sum, this esteemed 1999 vintage offers a journey not just through the delightful subtleties of aged Pinot Noir but also into the annals of a superb Burgundian year..Executor_order_perfected_in_bottle,_the_1999_Clos_de_Tart remains one of the standout narratives in fine wine investment—a conversation piece as well as a considerable asset.

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Tasted at the pre-dinner vertical to mark Sylvain Pitiot's retirement from the domaine, the 1999 Clos de Tart Grand Cru is certainly the best vintage until the 2002, although I prefer the later vintage, which has a little more elegance and precision. Still, the nose here is not too shabby with gorgeous red plum and bergamot scents, dried rose petals and cold stone scents. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, strict tannin. The fruit is edging away from this 1999 and being substituted with attractive black pepper, bay leaf and Earl Grey tea notes. What remains is the weight and presence of this Clos de Tart that lingers wonderfully in the mouth. This might be considered as Pitiot's first, but not last success at the estate. Tasted September 2015.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 October 2015

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