Mommessin   Clos de Tart

2016 Clos de Tart

By Mommessin

2016 Clos de Tart from Mommessin, Monopole, Burgundy, France

A true jewel in the crown of Burgundy's exalted terroirs, the 2016 Clos de Tart from Mommessin is a compelling study in the delicate art of balance. The importance laid on this singular vintage emerges from a year that was fraught with climatic challenges; yet the precise execution by Mommessin has seen to a wine with remarkable fineness. The courage and adeptness displayed in this 2016 expression resonate through its exquisite complexity and poised structure.

 

Particularity of the Vintage: The Struggle and Triumph

The 2016 vintage in Burgundy was one for the annals, marked by spring frosts and summer hail that rigorously tested both vine and vintner. The Clos de Tart vineyard, a noted Monopole since 1141, was not spared by these capricious elements. However, adversity often precedes excellence, as evidenced by the limited yield that has led to an intensity of flavour in this vintage that stands apart from its predecessors.

On the palate, this 2016 Clos de Tart captivates with a symphony of dark cherry and ripe plum notes interlaced with hints of violet and a subtle earthiness. A refined use of oak marries into the fruit concentration providing layers of spicy complexity while never overwhelming. On a bedrock of fine-grained tannins lies a finish both elongated and graceful – an ode to the winemakers’ skill in harnessing the fraught energies of nature this year.

 

Investment Potential: Rarity Commands Desire

As collectors and connoisseurs well know, great wines emerge under great duress. Therefore, it is no surprise that the 2016 Clos de Tart from Mommessin exhibits an investment allure matched only by its enological elegance. With production scaled back due to natural setbacks, prestige follows scarcity – positioning this vintage as one ripe for consideration by serious investors seeking an exceptional bottle from a challenging but ultimately rewarding Burgundian year.

In summation, the 2016 Clos de Tart provides a spectacular embodiment of resilience translated into liquid artistry. It stands testament to Burgundy's ability to transcend adversity and reaffirms Mommessin's place among the virtuosos of vinification. As wine lovers anticipate maturity's gentle progression upon this wine, savvy investors might equally regard such bottles as liquid assets poised for potential growth in richness as much on the palate as in their portfolios.

Current market price

HK$53,180.00

12x75cl

Highest score

97

POP score

327.06

Scores and tasting notes

97

The superb 2016 Clos de Tart Grand Cru confirms the promise it showed from barrel, unfurling in the glass with a striking bouquet of raspberries, rose petals, blood orange, black tea, spices and smoked meats. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, pure and ample, with a deep core of vibrant, searingly intense fruit that entirely cloaks its structuring chassis of satiny tannin, concluding with a long and captivatingly floral finish. More elegant and transparent than the richer and fleshier 2015, this is an exceptional vintage for Clos de Tart. That there are fully 27,000 bottles makes this one of Burgundy's rare confluence of quality and quantity.

William Kelley - The Wine Advocate, 4 January 2019

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