My good fortune to get a taste of this one thanks to Steve. Right now, as you'd expect this is still very tightly wound, relatively closed and years from its true drinking window. If you own 3 or less of these don't touch them until 2020+. I think this will truly be rocking around 2025-2030. Right now can't say it delivers much pleasure. The oak is in good check but the structure is out in front of the fruit and much is hidden at this point. I hoping someone pours me some of this in 2020 though! I heard it had been decanted for a couple hours too. With much more time, this could reach Burgundy perfection as you sense its power and depth.
Likely better in 5+ years time, though fantastic now. Extraordinarily well-balanced. Tinge of heat on the nose, but nothing to worry about. Great mouthfeel. Fantastic mix of still-vibrant fruit and emerging secondary components. Excellent stuff and easily the most pleasing CdT that we've had for some time, regardless of vintage.
Probably the best Clos de Tart in today's vertical tasting. Good nose. Notes of dark berry, spice wood, and wet earth. Sweet and smooth tannins. Long with good acidity level. No hint of alcohol. Good structure and complexity. Yum! 94-95 pts
Served double blind and this was mighty tasty stuff. Lots of concentration and extraction, still rather primary but very well balanced and with a good sappy mouth filling texture. Definitely hedonistic and ripe, a curvy silhouetted, classy young lass... that said, it stays focused and it never looses it's identity. This will be a fun wine to follow as it evolves. Thank you Mitch !
King of vintages. 2005 is magical and always the best wine in any Burgundy vertical. This Clos de Tart is close to perfect. Massive structure, perfect acidity, divine fruit, all in absolut balance. This magnum lasted all night and kept improving. Grand Vin.
Tasted in a line-up of vintages 09, 08, 05, 02, 00. Just at the point of turning, evolving. You can start to see the excellence of the vintage, with balance, power, great structure, fruit and heady notes. Can drink now, but given the potential that the 02 and 00 showed, I would wait till the 10 yr mark min to open this. Great note shown on the wine page in the "professional tasting history" section by Bill Nason, "Deep colour. Very tight aromas with dark, creamily oaked fruit notes at the core, slowly releasing raspberry notes. A little prickly carbon dioxide then tongue saturating flavours of coffee and roast nuts. Lots of structure, but balance too. As it loses the CO2 it becomes close to a complete wine." Pretty much my same impression, minus the CO2. The wine had been open for a while, and also in the glass for a while, so didn't notice this.
Clos de tarts and Vintage Madeira Tasting at John V.'s: An impressive wine and not totally shut down as many 05's are. Pretty purple ruby in color. The nose is tight with cherries and powdered cherries. Sweet and balanced. Lots of cherries. Very deep, with most of the flavors lurking just a bit to deep to quite pick out. Like looking into the ocean from a pier, you just can't quite make out what is swimming at the bottom. But it is obvious there is something there. In the end, this will be the best wine (93-95), but for tonight, it still provides plenty of pleasure.
Pas trop marqué par le bois, j’ai étrangement moins aimé que le 2004. Du pinot bien mur et massif, qui ne fait pas dans la dentelle. M’est apparu comme un vin qui veut trop en faire, sans dégager de réelle magie, quoiqu’objectivement on ne puisse nier qu’il soit bien fait. Mais à ce prix on s’attend à plus.
Ridiculously young and behaving like a barrel sample just prior to bottling. Super powerful red and dark fruits are underpinned by some spicy oak. It is a big, dense monster that explodes in the mouth but is not too heavy. Way too young but one can get a glimpse of the harnessed power and a bit of a sense of how good it may be in several decades.
Clos de Tart and Clos de Lambrays with Anthony Hanson MW (Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London): Deep ruby, narrow pale purple rim. Nose shows ripe, darker purple fruit, vanilla. Very intense, slightly smoky with just a hint of sauvage complexity about it already. Fuller, riper and richer than the Lambrays on the palate, a fair amount of oak but there is plenty of fruit here as well as mouth-coating, dense tannins, but it all seems in balance with electric acidity carrying a mouth-coating, exceptionally long, smooth finish. Lovely, and certainly one for the long term. WOTN ***(**).
Uncorked DK tasting: 2005 Burgundy (Karlebo Kro): Tight nose of extremely dark fruits. In the mouth this is tight, yet intense, with a high level of acidity and frightingly dark and concentrated fruit. Also minerals that seems to cut like a bullit. Still seems to hold everything in balance. Probably a bit closed, but what a beast. Best "value" of the evening. Group average: 96.1.
Tasted twice in the last month. This is absolutely fantastic stuff. Deep, gorgeously fruited nose of blue-black fruit, with substantial underlying structure. Fantastic balance for such a big wine. I would suspect this will have a very long life... A knock-out.