Mommessin   Clos de Tart

2013 Clos de Tart

By Mommessin

2013 Clos de Tart from Mommessin, Grand Cru, Burgundy, France

In the patchwork quilt of Burgundy's appellations, the revered 7.53-hectare monopole of Clos de Tart radiates its unique legacy—a tapestry woven with rich historical threads and vinicultural excellence. The 2013 Clos de Tart from Mommessin heralds from a vintage known for its atmospheric caprices, which have, in the most skilful vintner's hands, given rise to a wine whose intricate narrative is a hymn to the alchemy of nature and man.


The Vintage's Voice: Distinction in Challenge

Challenges beset Burgundy in 2013's growing season—late flowering followed by hailstorms painted a testing backdrop. Yet it is precisely this adversity which underscores the triumph that sits in one's glass when contemplating the 2013 Clos de Tart. The yield may have been curtailed but so was born a concentrated elixir that particularises this expression among its brethren.

The 2013 vintage is an exercise in precision and poise. With an aromatic profile as layered as the estate's ancient soils themselves: dark cherries commingle with earthy truffle and hints of violet. On the palate, there is an immediate sense of structure—a scaffolding attentively erected around a core of tightly woven red and black fruit notes and an undercurrent of fine-grained tannins.

Acidity plays the role of protagonist here, maintaining the tempo with remarkable energy which promises to animate the 2013 Clos de Tart's evolution in years to come. Its restraint now is the gentle hand holding back a ballet dancer mid-pirouette—a kinetic potential awaiting fulfilment.


An Exemplar for Investors

For investors in fine wines, the allure of this Grand Cru is its assured place within collectors' portfolios and its projected favourable market trajectory. The scarcity imposed by 2013's reduced harvest and Mommessin's unwavering commitment to quality cements the wine's investable status, and it makes a compelling addition for those seeking diversity in their holdings.

In summation, this Grand Cru offers not merely a taste experience but an exquisite vignette of the season it has encapsulated—an estate's response to Burgundy's climatic ballet. Thus, for both collector and connoisseur alike, the 2013 Clos de Tart from Mommessin sits as one of those distinctive vintages that captures imagination as much as it entices the palate.

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Tasted blind at the Burgfest tasting in Beaune, the 2013 Clos de Tart Grand Cru has a well defined bouquet with fine mineralité, very pure and poised with gorgeous ripe black cherries, strawberry and almost flint-like scents. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, missing a little delineation on the entry but with good structure. There is plenty of ripe sappy red fruit here with firm tannins, linear at present but showing impressive breeding. A vin de garde that will require several years in bottle before it really struts its stuff. Tasted September 2016.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 30 November 2016

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