Mommessin   Clos de Tart

2012 Clos de Tart

By Mommessin

2012 Clos de Tart from Mommessin, Burgundy, France

One of Burgundy's most celebrated Grand Crus, Clos de Tart proffers a rich tapestry of vinous artistry, especially under the careful stewardship of Mommessin. The 2012 vintage bears testament to the thoughtful tending of this illustrious plot and the exacting soil composition that so thoroughly tells the tale of its terroir.


A Connoisseur's Vintage Illuminated

The year 2012 was marred by climatic vicissitudes; an unpredictable melody of weather patterns that ultimately fashioned a crop both sparse in quantity yet lavish in quality. It is within such vintages that the fortified vines of Clos de Tart reveal their profound resilience, yielding fruit of concentrated flavour and formidable structure. The 2012 Clos de Tart from Mommessin reflects this vividly, brandishing an intensity and complexity befitting its heritage and amplifying its allure for fine wine investors.


Terroir in Translation: A Vivid Ensemble

In this particular vintage, one uncovers a symphony where dark fruits meld with an earthy spiciness—attributes choreographed by a year that saw both challenge and triumph in viticulture. The freshness retained within these grapes whispers of cooler nights amidst warm days—a climactic dance that bestows the 2012 Clos de Tart with exquisite tension and a promise of longevity in the bottle.

Meticulous ageing in oak bestows upon this wine a dignified structure which becomes apparent in its poise on the palate. Tannins offer both a firm handshake and a graceful exit, speaking to those with foresight to cellar such grandeur.

Ingenuity in investment parlance translates to seizing upon vintages whose stories are as compelling as their cellaring potential. The 2012 Clos de Tart from Mommessin resonates with an investor's acumen for distinction amidst rarity. It is a grandiose embodiment of Burgundian mastery met with the generosity of nature amidst adversity—a confluent point rendering it truly investable.

In summary, as seasoned wine enthusiasts turn their gaze towards storied bottles to amplify their collections' prestige, the 2012 Clos de Tart emerges not merely as an astonishing snapshot of one challenging year but as a vessel for enduring elegance and considerable future merit within any discerning portfolio.

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Tasted at the pre-dinner vertical to mark Sylvain Pitiot's retirement from the domaine, the 2012 Clos de Tart Grand Cru has just a wonderful nose with more fruit intensity than the 2013, so pure and feminine with ebullient raspberry preserve and strawberry notes, sheer pinoté! The palate is beautifully structured with fine tannin, tensile, refined and aristocratic. There is a brilliant focus here and an extraordinary sustained finish that leaves you desperate for the next sip. What it shares in common with the 2008 Clos de Tart Grand Cru is that it is predestined to be overshadowed by the 2009 and 2010. That should not be the case - it is a quite brilliant articulation of the Clos. Bon vin!

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 October 2015

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