Robert Parker 93
Tasted at the pre-dinner vertical to mark Sylvain Pitiot’s retirement from the domaine, the 2007 Clos de Tart Grand Cru is more easy-going, more nonchalant than the 2008 with bright redcurrant and cranberry fruit mixed with a subtle marine influence; although, it does not have the thrust, the momentum of the ensuing vintage. The palate is balanced with plenty of sappy red fruit. There is something almost Oriental about this Clos de Tart – touches of Hoisin and spice developing towards the finish that has melted in recent years, and become more fleshier and corpulent. I would drink this now and over the next decade.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035
The 2007 Clos de Tart Grand Cru was picked at 27hl/ha from September 6 with 13.66° alcohol, and matured in new oak for 18 months. It is consistent with the style of the vintage – relatively light compared to the “grumpy” 2006, offering vivacious cranberry, crushed strawberry and red currant fruit that intermingles with subtle oyster shell aromas. The palate is replete with sappy red fruit and, like before, there is a subtle Oriental element to this 2007: just a splash of sweet and sour toward the fleshy, smooth finish. One of Pitiot’s more approachable offerings. Enjoy this straightforward but enjoyable Clos de Tart over the next decade. Tasted at a private Clos de Tart dinner in London.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028
Cask sample but soon to be bottled. Deep bright garnet. Slightly darker fruit character than some recent vintages. Firm and dark, rich and powerful. Peppery. Really long. Tight, determined and focused. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022