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2009 Mommessin ‘Clos de Tart’ Grand Cru

  • Producer
    Domaine du Clos de Tart
  • Vintage
  • Grape Variety
    Pinot Noir
  • Region
  • Sub Region
    Morey St Denis
  • Size

The 7.5 hectares monopole Clos de Tart is situated just south of Morey-St-Denis and has remained intact since its creation in the 12th century. It was granted Grand Cru classification in 1939.

When the Mommessins sold their négociant business to Jean-Claude Boisset they retained ownership of the Clos du Tart, which had been bought in 1932 from the Marey-Monge family. After a long period of producing competent but not always inspiring wines, Clos de Tart moved up a significant gear with the arrival of the hyper-meticulous Sylvain Pitiot in 1996.

Nowadays they usually make a Grand Cru from the best plots and older vines, and a Premier Cru from younger vines. Monsieur Pitiot and his team are totally focused on producing sublime wine of thevery highest standard in the magnificent surroundings of this ancient property.The wines are matured in 100% new oak and are bottled unfiltered. They display a seductive perfumed nose and are harmonious, refined and complex on the palate.

Tasting Notes

96 Points Vinous
The 2009 Clos de Tart Grand Cru is a wine that turns everything up to 11. It was picked from September 15 at 29.4hl/ha with 13.6° alcohol, then matured for 17 months in new oak. There was some whole bunch here, although I do not know the exact percentage. The incredibly intense, powerful bouquet of red cherries, kirsch and cranberry is augmented by light floral scents, although there is more glycerin here than I recollect on previous bottles. The palate is medium-bodied, muscular and well-balanced, offering firm, grippy tannins that lacquer the mouth. As I have observed before, with aeration this becomes more clenched and more like the 2010 in style, though I seek a little more detail on the finish, where the precocity of the growing season blurs the edges. Give it another three to five years. Tasted at a private Clos de Tart dinner in London. Drink through 2040.

95 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2009 Clos de Tart saturates the palate with exotic, ripe red fruit. The quality of the fruit gives an impression of near seamlessness despite the wine’s considerable volume and depth. Tar, licorice and smoke are some of the many notes that wrap around the intense, powerful finish. There is more than enough depth and pure pedigree to allow the 2009 to enjoy a long life in the cellar. Drink 2024-2044.

93 Points Allen Meadows
Soft floral and toasty oak notes add breadth to the notably ripe nose, indeed this is much riper than its 2010 counterpart. Aromas of plum, chocolate and subtle spice notes merge into supple but broad-shouldered flavors that possess good energy and excellent depth on the velvety yet very firm finish that is at once supported and shaped by the solidly structured, indeed even robust finish. This is a very serious wine that was expressly built to age and it should improve for out to 20 years if kept in quality storage conditions.

2009 Mommessin ‘Clos de Tart’ Grand Cru