Clos de Tart Grand Cru - Monopole 2006 - Wine

Tasting note

Bright ruby-red. Reticent notes offers currant, licorice and spicy new oak. Sweet, supple, broad and lush but not yet complex. Initially seemed less minerally and delineated than the 2007, but aeration brought lovely cut and energy (in fact, the pH here is a bit lower than of the 2007). The flavors of bitter cherry, dark chocolate, minerals and fresh blood are supported by firm underlying structure. Smaller-scaled than the massive 2005, but this conveys more verve and terroir character today and should age slowly and well. 93. (Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, March/April 2009)


The Burgundian author, Colette (1873 - 1954), proposed a lovely definition of « terroir » : Wine is the only example from the plant world that allows Mans to grasp the real flavour of earth. Summer weather conditions during June brought about rapid, even flowering throughout the vineyard. At Clos de Tart, the vines were in full bloom on 14 June, exactly the same day as for the 2005 vintage. Rapid flowering is an important element for gauging the quality of the harvest as it determines the future homogeneity of the grapes' maturity. Veraison - the change in colour of the grapes - began in early August, which is normal due to global warming. Though precipitation in July was very low, which is excellent for the vines, August was mostly cloudy. Weather conditions favourable for the ripening of the grapes did not return until September. An old Burgundian proverb says: "A sunny September yields marvellous wine" Principal technical data for the 2006 Clos de Tart: • Harvest start date : 27 September 2006 • End of harvest : 30 September 2006 • End of vinification : 25 October 2006 • Yield : 26 hl/ha = 1.35 tonnes/acre • End of malolactic fermentation : 24 July 2007 • Average natural alcohol level : 13.72 % • Average pH : 3.55 • 100 % aged in new oak Bottling is set to begin on 7 April 2008. The wine will be neither fined nor filtered, and it will be bottled by hand, using gravity, bottle by bottle.

Clos de Tart Grand Cru - Monopole
Clos de Tart Grand Cru - Monopole

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