2014 Clos de Tart Mommessin

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Average critic rating : 94.5 points



There is whiff of new wood framing the intensely floral-suffused nose and in particular rose petal and lavender that add elegance to the fresh mix of mostly red and dark currant scents that are trimmed in discreet earth hints. There is a lovely sense of energy to the moderately dense middle weight plus flavors that culminate in a dusty, palate coating and beautifully long finish. At this point in its maturity and with this specific blend of components I would describe the 2014 version as understated and harmonious if less elegant than the 2013 was at the same point. We will of course see what ultimately is bottled but for now this seems very promising. Jan 2016, www.burghound.com, Drink: 2026+



The 2014 Clos de Tart Grand Cru will contain 40% whole bunch fruit in the final. It was picked from September 17 until September 22. This blend that I tasted included the young vines at the bottom of the vineyard that may or may not be deselected to make a Forge de Tart (the decision will be made next year). It is also the first vintage that does not include old vines at the northwest corner that were pulled up in spring 2014, due to be replanted in four years' time. It has a very well defined bouquet with cranberry and wild strawberry fruit, fine mineral tones and is quite harmonious with hints of wet limestone. The palate is medium-bodied and I feel this has tightened up since I tasted it in September 2015. The fruit also seems a little darker. Blackberry and wild cherry, with a hint of cola and certainly more tangible mineralité on the finish, as you can feel the mouth tingling long after it has bid adieu. Nov 2015, www.robertparker.com, Drink: 2020-2045



(vinified with about 40% whole clusters): Bright, dark red. Multidimensional nose offers scents of raspberry, strawberry, cherry, cardamom and Oriental spices, with a faint suggestion of roasted ripeness (the wine weighs in at about 13. 5%). A compellingly sweet, explosive bomb of fruit in the mouth but with nothing sloppy or extreme about it. There's something Musigny-like about this wonderfully seductive, utterly delectable wine, which displays great finesse to its tannins and outstanding rising length. Positive notes of pepper and herbs contribute to an impression of grip but barely make a dent in the wine's extraordinary fruit. I also tasted a blend that omitted the young-vines cuvée. It was darker and denser but also thicker and more brooding. While this version would obviously age more slowly and last longer, I missed the element of juiciness injected by the younger vines. Jan 2016, www.vinous.com


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