ROAGNA vs. BORGOGNA: Foglie di pomodoro, sugo, pizzetta all' origano. Il naso è un pò strano e non molto pinot, l' annata fresca lo aiuta, ma il marchio di fabbrica concentrato e materico del Clos de Tart, permane e non gli permette mai uno sviluppo arioso. La bocca è un carroarmato, anche se in pantofole di velluto! Acidità e frutto da vino di 2 anni, legno dolce ancora sensibile, ma la pregevolezza della fattura e la profondità del finale non mancano di una certa eleganza ( se paragonato ad altre annate). Non sarà mai un Clos de Lambrays ( come è giusto che sia!)
Brief note. Very intense and rich blackberries, wild berries, spices and violets on the nose. The palate was deep and rich with some oak. Still too young in my opinion. Great potential. Enjoy it in 8-10 years.
Black cherries from heaven’s garden and cranberry from the soil at Maggie’s farm are friendly and fragrant. This special spice and coffee cake is lush, almond coated, rich and complex, balanced, and elegant. The tension between its subtlety and its power is palate perfect. The finish is celestial and dazzles all the senses.
Food: Chinese Duration: 2 hours Condition: perfect Aroma: blueberry with a mix of ripe red fruits, white flowers, rose pedals Notes: decanted. Purple in color, this wine looks and feels much younger than it should. I think this wine is not as balanced as the other Clos De tarts I've had before. Although tannins smoothed out but I do have a feeling that this wine should be cellared for at least 5 more years. I do not think it's fair to give a right judgement on this wine yet, nevertheless I don't like it right now.
Morey-St Denis Grand Cru Dinner (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Paragon): Excellent. While not quite as forward and ready as the 2001 Clos de Lambrays served alongside, I actually thought this was qualitatively the better wine. It had a very lush nose – dark and deep, with almost liquered cherries and blueberries, seasoned with sweet spice, violets and some earth. With time, a little dusting of herb and roasted almonds and a sweet kiss of dried fruit started drifting out as well - a lovely, rich bouquet. The palate had lots of substance to it as well, with a rich, velvety flow of dark cherries and berries, again with a slightly liquered edge, and then a dash of herbs and spices towards the long finish. This was a seductive, voluptuous wine, very full and deep and generous, yet shaped by a nice clarity and freshness from the vintage. However, even though this bottle seemed a lot more open than one I had some 6 years back, it still needs lots of time yet. There was always something a bit primary and stubborn at the core of the wine, a sense of stinginess that seemed to belong more to a 2002 than a 2001 Grand Cru. I really liked this, but I would give it another 5-6 years more in the bottle to unwind.
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(Clos du Tart Clos du Tart) Medium-plus relatively young colour. The nose has a good blend of red and black fruits - it's rather complex. Luxurious, if oaky mouthfeel - plenty of oak flavour on the finish too, Super balance, fruit and delivery - outstanding, very young wine.
(Domaine du Clos de Tart Clos de Tart) Group's #7 (by a tie-breaker) (my #3) – 32 pts; 0 firsts, 0 seconds, 2 thirds, 2 lasts – Dark cherry color with clear meniscus; gorgeous tart cherry and roses nose that gains a caramel component with time in the glass; solid, youthful, ripe cherry palate with depth and vanilla oak; medium finish 92+ pts.