Very fine cherry-infused aromas, the palate is dense and just as voluptuous as the grander Clos de Tart itself, if less sophisticated. Wonderfully suave, ripe, red berry and cherry fruits, touches of griotte and a hint of bramble underscored by complimentary earth and spice notes. Overall the flavours are ripe and seductive but there is sufficient nerve and grip to keep the fruit in check. Very impressive. The La Forge de Tart is predominantly a blend of de-stalked young vine fruit together with whole bunches from a parcel of primely-situated mid slope 30 year old vines. All of the fruit comes from within the Clos de Tart.
Clos de Tart was originally established by some cistercian nuns in the 12th Century whose order carried the Notre Dame de Tart. It was was classified as Grand Cru in 1939. Since 1996, this Grand Cru has experienced a revival in fortunes. The wines had shown none of their potential greatness until the arrival of Sylvain Pitiot. Since then this Monopole, still completely owned by the Mommessin family, has been making superb wine. There are 7.53ha comprising a range of micro terroirs depending on the subsoil composition or the elevation. The vines are trained to Cordon de Royat and yields are low, rarely more than 25hl /ha. After fermentation, the wines are aged in oak barrels from 16-18 months and are hand bottled the second spring after the vintage without fining or filtration. Depending on the vintage a second wine is sometimes made, Morey St Denis 1er Cru La Forge. The wines are hand harvested at full ripeness and make for some of Burgundy's expressive and luxurious wines.
A commune in the Côte de Nuits district of Burgundy capable of producing excellent quality red wine, which is typically described as being a halfway house between its neighbours - the richer Gevrey-Chambertin and the lighter Chambolle-Musigny. There are four Grand Cru vineyards, from north to south: Clos de la Roche 16.9 ha, Clos St-Denis 6.6 ha, Clos des Lambrays 8.8 ha and the monopole Clos de Tart 7.5 ha, plus a small strip of Bonnes Mares overlapping from Chambolle Musigny. There are some good premier cru vineyards, among the best known include Les Ruchots, Clos de la Bussière (monopole of Georges Roumier), Les Millandes, Clos des Ormes, and Les Monts Luisants. The commune is also capable of producing excellent quality whites, but they are very rarely seen. Bruno Clair's En La Rue de Vergy is one example, another is Domaine Ponsot who produces a white from Chardonnay blended with a proportion of Pinot Blanc that had mutated from Pinot Noir vines.