More Vintages and Sizes of Mommessin - Clos de Tart:
International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 166
Bright ruby-red. Aromas of briary black raspberry, wild herbs, licorice, violet, rose and pepper. Smooth, dense and suave; shows a fine-grained texture but seemed to shut down in the glass. Finishes with good medicinal reserve and rather substantial, slightly dusty tannins that coat the front teeth. About half of the lots were vinified with whole clusters.
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Author: Neal Martin
The 2011 Clos de Tart was bottled three months prior to my visit in early June. Cropped at the beginning of September over four or five days at 28 hectoliters per hectare, Sylvain described the 2011 as a precocious vintage that will be drinkable before others. It has a wonderful, refined, beguilingly pure bouquet of fresh strawberry, black plum and dried rose petals that is more floral than fruit-driven. The palate is nicely structured: open and inviting, the tannins slightly grainy with a finish that is unusually light on its feet and fanning out with crisp strawberry, tart red cherry cherries and a pinch of white pepper for good measure. 'C'est un vin de plaisir,â?� as Sylvain so aptly described it. Drink 2015-2030.
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