Mommessin   Clos de Tart

2018 Clos de Tart

By Mommessin

2018 Clos de Tart from Mommessin, Grand Cru, Burgundy, France

The distinguished 2018 Clos de Tart from Mommessin reflects both the grandeur of its historic terroir and the distinctiveness of an exceptional Burgundian vintage. Its creation stems from an estate that has meticulously nurtured the same 7.5-hectare monopole (single-owner vineyard) since the XII century. As a critic with four decades savouring the nuances of vintages, it is rare to encounter one where microclimatic intricacies and winemaking savvy have danced such a splendid pas de deux.


2018's Vivacious Verity: A Vintage to Remember

The year 2018, lauded for its reliably warm Rays and infrequent rainfalls in Burgundy, set a stage for grapes to ripen with sublime consistency—yielding fruit of profound concentration without forgoing the quintessential freshness revered in esteemed Pinot Noir. In particular, Clos de Tart vines, entrenched deep within their historical appellation's chalky soils, basked in this climatic benevolence.

Upon tasting the 2018 Clos de Tart, one finds themself enveloped by a formidable yet polished ensemble. The nose proffers layered bouquets of cherry compote, wild berries and subtle umami intimations – a nod to its carefully orchestrated aging in French oak. The palate is greeted by velvet tannins and seamless integration of spice box nuances amidst a core of plush red fruit. Persistent yet poised, its finish resonates with the elegance that is the hallmark of Mommessin's masterful expression in winemaking.


A Jewel for Investors and Connoisseurs Alike

A highlight for wine investment consideration, the 2018 Clos de Tart promises not only a journey of sensory delight but also one of potential lucrative longevity. This vintage manifests Mommessin's commitment to producing wines that adeptly marry immediate allure with structural integrity destined for graceful aging.

In sum, the 2018 Clos de Tart from Mommessin lays before us an exquisite tapestry—we witness an extraordinary testament to what is made possible when impeccable terroir coalesces with favorable weather epochs and prudent viticultural stewardship. A bottle or two in one's private collection is more than an asset; it is an archive of enological history encapsulated at its zenith.

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The 2018 Clos de Tart Grand Cru opens in the glass with rich aromas of raspberries, plum preserve, ripe berries, warm spices and rose petals, framed by a generous touch of creamy new oak. Full-bodied, layered and concentrated, it's rich, muscular and extracted, with a brooding, introverted profile that will require—and, one hopes, reward—patience. As I wrote last year, this is a powerful, broad-shouldered Clos de Tart that has more in common with the wines of the Pitiot era than it does with what the domaine produced in 2015, 2016, 2017 or 2019.

William Kelley - The Wine Advocate, 14 January 2021

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