2009 Mommessin Clos De Tart

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Wine Critic Reviews for 2009 Mommessin Clos De Tart

Tasted at the pre-dinner vertical to mark Sylvain Pitiot's retirement from the domaine, the 2009 Clos de Tart Grand Cru has a more intense bouquet than the 2010, although it does not possess the same otherworldly sense of nuance and complexity. Yet it blossoms in the glass, attaining more and more precision, and redcurrant and cranberry scents appear mixed with rose petal and bergamot. The palate is medium-bodied with lovely balance and poise; the tannins are perhaps a little firmer and grippier than the 2010 with a symmetry on the finish that is beguiling. It actually becomes more like the 2010 on the finish so that the two wines end up more similar than you would expect, given the growing season. It is a sublime expression of the vintage.

Robert Parker Neal Martin | 97 RP-NM
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.

Vinous Media | 96 VM
Ripe and exotic, offering wild berry, black currant and violet aromas and flavors. The oak is well-integrated, lending sandalwood notes, and this is firmly structured, with a long, detailed aftertaste. Shows fine pedigree. Best from 2015 through 2030. 2,000 cases made.

Wine Spectator | 95 WS
(Clos de Tart Clos de Tart Grand Cru Red) 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. (Drink starting 2026).

Burghound | 93 BH
A glowing red in colour, while the aromas of this wine show a broader range of allusions than its younger siblings: straw, hay, tar and Chartreuse herbs pack out the red fruits. On the palate, it’s full, chunky and firm. Its generous tannins over-awe the fruit profile just now, so the overall effect is a little more severe than the ‘easy’ reputation of 2009 would suggest. A substantial Clos de Tart which still needs time, and may eventually win a higher score.

Decanter | 93 DEC
(Clos de Tart) This note is taken from an approximation of the final blend, for Monsieur Pitiot mentioned that while no final decisions have been taken in this regard, he already has a very strong idea of which lots will go into the 2009 grand vin. The nose is very complex and classy, as it offers up scents of black cherries, sweet cassis, woodsmoke, raw cocoa, lovely soil tones and a very generous veneer of spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, long and very elegant on the attack, with a fine core of fruit, a lovely signature of soil, fine focus and a bit of dry, uncovered wood tannins currently sticking out on the finish. As I noted above, there is most likely sufficient stuffing here to eventually absorb the wood completely, but it will certainly take a little time. I have scored the wine in a range, as the more the wood tannin disappears, the better the wine will be in the long run. But at this stage, just how well the new wood will be absorbed is still a speculative matter. In any event, this will certainly be a fine wine, but I would really be excited to see the percentage of new wood go down here someday- just to see what we might see…….. (Drink between 2022-2060).

John Gilman | 91-94 JG

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Vintage 2009
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Mommessin
Rating 97 RP-NM
Region Burgundy: Situated just west of the beautiful river Saone, the hills and valleys of Burgundy stand as they have stood since medieval times, and you can almost hear the cheerful chatter of vineyard workers from miles away. Indeed, France's identity in the world of wine would be incomplete without the inclusion of Burgundy and its many viticultural achievements. Every little sub-region of the area boasts a unique soil composition, which, when combined with the area's climate conditions, creates an incredibly diverse and appealing selection of fine wines. Every new bottle is an adventure of its own, and a snapshot of its birthplace. You could spend years sampling great Burgundian wines, and you would still have a lot to learn, which is what makes the region so compelling for veterans and novice wine lovers alike. No matter what your taste in wines may be, there is a winery in Burgundy that could mesmerize your mind and make your senses scream with joy. And what better way to spend a comfy summer afternoon with your friends and family than with a classy bottle from some of the region's most reputable wineries? From the noble slopes of Cote d'Or to the flatlands near various settlements, let us help you on your journey as we explore Burgundy's most delicious and renowned wines.
Type of Wine Burgundy Red: If you have a craving for some beautiful, mind-expanding Pinot Noir, few regions can match the talent and consistency of Burgundy. The grape almost seems like it evolved for this very region, and its essence will stimulate your senses and arouse your imagination. Drink deep and experience almost spiritual enlightenment.
Varietal Pinot Noir: Pinot Noir is possibly the most versatile red grape when it comes to the ways it's been used over the years. From red wines to sparkling wines and beyond, there aren't many places where you can avoid hearing about it, and for a good reason. It's often easy to spot a bottle of Pinot Noir simply by the pale, translucent color, which transitions into a shade reminiscent of old-timey brickwork, adding a lovely dash of country charm to an already awe-inspiring drink.
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