International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94($319) Deep red-ruby. Explosive nose offers superripe plum jam and chocolate notes complicated by smoked meat and lifted by minerality; some violet and black pepper nuances reminded me of Cote-Rotie. Large-scaled, broad and thick; less racy and delineated today than the young 2006 but then this very young wine's minerality and fruit are currently hidden by its mass of baby fat. Compellingly lush and sweet but a bit monolithic today, with its energy partly hidden: one really feels the sun of the 2005 summer here. The huge but fine tannins, and the 14.3% alcohol, should carry this wine for decades, and my current score may prove to be very conservative.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: March/April 2008
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18As Sylvain Pitiot says, a benchmark vintage in France and a wine that will peak about 15 years after the vintage. But if it is going to be good in 15 years, it has to be good today.Deep but bright garnet. Fragrant with red berries but not sweet like strawberry. Finely spiced - cinnamon and nutmeg rather than pepper -but delicate oak notes. Pretty tight and focused. The opposite of expansive. High definition, high fidelity, lots of spice on the back palate. Just a baby. Opens up with orange and celery notes and ripe red fruit. Long but with a lightness in its length.ÿ (JH)Author: Julia Harding MWIssue: 40123
Wine Advocate | Rating: 97Tasted at the pre-dinner vertical to mark Sylvain Pitiot's retirement from the domaine, the 2005 Clos de Tart Grand Cru (tasted from magnum) is bestowed a magnificent bouquet of haunting intensity and purity: wild strawberry and raspberry - every atom infused with mineral/cold stone scents with amazing focus. The palate is simply to die for. Here, a precise lattice of tannin that is incredibly framed with perfect poise and detail, there is a gentle crescendo to an incisive finish that takes your breath away. Could this be Sylvain Pitior's greatest achievement alongside the 2002? Astonishingly fine - tres grand cru, tres delicieux.Author: Neal Martin
Mommessin began in southern Burgundy as an inheritance from the Cluny monks. Founder Jean-Marie Mommessin built his wine business on the Grange Saint-Pierre estate in 1865, and soon claimed multiple vineyards under the Mommessin name. By far the most fruitful of these purchases was the renowned Clos de Tart, which Mommessin acquired from the Marey-Monge family in 1932. As the decades passed, the estate moved its head offices to the heart of Burgundy, focusing most strongly on its Clos de Tart label. By 1996, the vineyard was well-established as a quality Burgundy producer, but it gained an exemplary status under the new winemaker Sylvain Pitiot. When he took over the estate's daily operations, Pitiot's meticulous methods and attention to detail resulted in wines that received the highest ratings of any previous vintages produced on the estate. Today, Clos de Tart has defended its title as one of the best wine labels in the center of Burgundy.
The House Mommessin motto states that "Humans are in the service of the grapes." Pitiot takes this idea seriously, using biodynamic techniques to make his wines. The bottles are always unfiltered after being matured in 100 percent new oak, which Pitiot has said results in more terroir-specific wines. The Clos de Tart label is made using a blend of the best plots and oldest vines in the vineyard. Each plot is vinified separately before being blended together just before bottling, based on the type of soil in which they grew. Although the AOC allows for higher yields in the region, Mommessin keeps its grapevines severely pruned back, resulting in significantly lower yields than average. This, coupled with the age of the vines, produces grapes that are more concentrated in flavor and that ripen more easily. To further take advantage of these qualities, Mommessin has the latest harvests of nearly any Burgundy producer, and pre-macerates the grapes before barreling.
Burgundy is home to some of the greatest and most expensive wines in the world. Stretching from Auxerre in the north to Lyon in the south, the region's most famous section is the limestone-rich Côte d'Or. Vineyards in Burgundy are classified according to their locations on the hillsides. Only 2% of total production is from grand cru sites, while premier cru and village-level wines are more common. It is rare for one domaine to own an entire vineyard; rather the land has been divided down to individual rows, in some cases as a result of inheritance laws. While other varieties can be found in Burgundy, and reign supreme. The best examples are capable of aging for 15 years or more, a rarity for these two varieties, making them highly valuable.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 866 bottles owned
- 127 collectors