Clos de Tart
Clos de Tart
La Forge de Tart
A rare gem, Clos de Tart has been owned by the Mommessin family since 1932 — only the third proprietor of this historic domaine founded in 1141 by Cistercian nuns, the Bernardines de Tart. Located on the very best slopes of Morey-Saint-Denis in the Côte de Nuits, Clos de Tart, only 7.53 hectares (18.6 acres) in size, is the largest grand cru monopole in Burgundy, with a picturesque, 15th-century, stone wall surrounding the grand cru vineyard.
Clos de Tart carries the distinction of being one of the few grand cru monopoles in Burgundy that comprises an appellation in its entirety. Clos de Tart makes just two wines. Low-yield, old-vine vineyards are harvested by hand and vinified in six separate lots, and the best lots achieve the bottled status of Clos de Tart Grand Cru. In some vintages, the domaine also produces a second wine called La Forge de Tart Premier Cru, which is typically made from the younger vines (25 years and under).
The oldest planted parcel dates back to 1918, though the average vine age is 60 years. With its own clonal nursery, Clos de Tart employs massal selection to protect its provenance during regular replanting of the old vines. The vineyard holds the rare distinction of being planted north to south, perpendicular to the slope, a planting method found in roughly 1 percent of vineyards in Burgundy, but critical to combat erosion and provide optimum sun exposure. Clos de Tart encompasses many different soil profiles within its four walls, all very rich in limestone and clay.
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