Mommessin   Clos de Tart

2002 Clos de Tart

By Mommessin

2002 Clos de Tart from Mommessin, Grand Cru, Burgundy, France

As the verdant slopes of the Côte de Nuits have borne witness to countless seasons, it is the extraordinary 2002 Clos de Tart from Mommessin that emerges as a beacon of Burgundian brilliance. This vintage carries the mantle of its terroir with aplomb, offering a tapestry of tastes which affirm the reputation of this hallowed ground.


An Opulent Oeuvre: A Collector’s Touchstone

The 2002 vintage was greeted by vintners with a sigh of relief and veiled excitement after navigating climatic vicissitudes—Burgundy's knack for capricious weather patterns. The confluence of a mild winter, a wet spring, and a glorious summer culminated in optimal ripening conditions, crafting wines of both opulence and structure. This meticulous mélange makes the 2002 Clos de Tart from Mommessin an investment-grade masterpiece with considerable allurement for connoisseurs and investors alike.


An Exemplary Embodiment of Terroir and Time

In this Grand Cru gem's aromatic repertoire, one discerns poise and complexity; hints of black cherry coalesce with earthy undertones, presenting a bouquet that challenges and charms in equal measure. Upon tasting, its lush berry essence is deftly supported by firm tannins—a testimony to a season generous in both sunshine and serendipity. Botanical whispers interlace with mineral inflections on the finish, leaving an indelible impression that only elevates with decanting.

Two decades have ushered this wine from adolescent vivacity to a venerable equanimity. While the 2002 Clos de Tart from Mommessin is undoubtedly drinking superbly now, its potential for further evolution in the cellar is unassailable—an engaging proposition for the astute investor seeking to diversify their portfolio with liquid luxury.


Concluding Cadence: A Time-honoured Torchbearer

In summation, the 2002 vintage resurrects the timeless ballet of Burgundian winemaking where each sip reverberates with historic resonance. The 2002 Clos de Tart from Mommessin remains one of the most significant investments for enthusiasts eager to partake in the intimate narrative woven by this extraordinary terroir. It characterises not only the triumph of its vintage but also epitomises the enduring allure of fine wine investment.

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Tasted at the pre-dinner vertical to mark Sylvain Pitiot's retirement from the domaine, the 2002 Clos de Tart Grand Cru has long been one of my favorite vintages from this monopole, and at 13-years-old it shows no signs of losing that place in my heart. The bouquet is just so pure and refined, reminiscent of the 2005 in some way, albeit with not quite the same intensity. However, the detail is breathtaking - one of those bouquets that whisks you straight to its place of birth, within those ancient stone walls in Morey-Saint-Denis. The palate is brilliantly balanced, utterly refined with lace-like tannin, perfectly pitched acidity and a gentle build in the mouth towards a glorious, saline-tinged finish that hangs like the final piano chord in an empty hall. Wondrous - perhaps the high point of Pitiot's tenure?

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 October 2015

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