This was decanted for about 60 minutes. Shut down hard. Very tight, showing hardly anything on the nose and not much more on the palate. Minimal improvement with additional air. Seems to have everything there, but I have no idea how long it will take to come around.
Caught in an awkward place it seems. On the plus side, its both big and elegant -- not an easy feat to pull off. Pretty good balance overall. Has a number of rough spots that are in need of smoothing out, though -- particularly on the finish. Save last one for at least five years.
Took some time open to come around...put on weight and improved texture and flavour with 30 minutes in decanter plus another 3 hours back into bottle. At that point, the wine was full-bodied, fairly rich, and especially nice with some duck breast.
Served blind. Prefer the nose here to the other wine in this flight as there's lovely darker pinot fruit, wood spice and hints of floral here. Rich palate but in good balance with the structure. Surprisingly approachable for a 99. Really nice.
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(Clos du Tart Clos du Tart) Herbs, spices and some caramel on the nose too. Mature flavours on the palate, some brown sugar though imature tannins. There is less than perfect balance, but good length. Not a great bottle given the stature of the vintage.
(Clos du Tart Clos du Tart) Medium, medium-plus ruby-red core edging to a salmon pink. A nose of minerals edged with soft red fruit and the faintest trace of vanilla. The palate is wide but not fat, plenty of dry and grainy tannin and a real impression of expansion. Very long - again in a mineral rather than fruity sense. A young and impressive wine of quite some potential.
(Clos de Tart) finally we had a real wine! The nose was more intense . meaty with judicious oak and slight caramel. There was good spice and cedar, earth, forest and pine. The palate had great purity and balance with a nice, gritty finish. The wine was feminine and sexy, and the acids were long
(Clos de Tart) This was closed for business. Nose of brambly fruit and dried leaves. Some slightly gamey mushroom notes. After a while there started to emerge some slight berry fruit and hints of blueberry but never really got there. Tremendous palate, with epic concentration but firmly structured. Great inner mouth aromas but forget about this for five years at least. Very sneaky finish that hints at the greatness to come.