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Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 173
(13.5% natural alcohol here): Medium red. Perfumed, discreet nose combines red cherry, spices, pepper and herbs. Juicy and light on its feet, but lacking the richness, depth and sweetness of Clos de Tart in riper years. Finishes with good breadth, hints of oak-derived coffee and chocolate and a slight dryness. Winemaker Sylvain Pitiot, who made it clear to me that he prefers Burgundies with black fruits, describes 2011 as "correct--a vin de transition ."
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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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