Clos de Tart: Timeless Beauty

Retail Team | May 15, 2024

There are just five Grand Cru monopoles in Burgundy – each one legendary in its own right. Clos de Tart is the largest and the source of some of the finest, most expressive agrocalcaire terroir in the Côte de Nuits. Centrally located, it lies at the heart of Burgundy, geographically and spiritually.

Planted exclusively to Pinot Noir, the 7.5-hectare vineyard in Morey-Saint-Denis has never been divided and seen only four owners in its 800-year history, spanning the Cistercian nuns of Notre Dame de Tart of the early 1100s to its current steward, Latour owner François Pinault.

There is a sense that the dry-stone walls that run the perimeter of Clos de Tart have kept out the passing of time, preserving a centuries-old purity and pedigree. A unique north-south exposure, running perpendicular to the vineyard’s slope, prevents erosion and allows both sides of the rows to bask in abundant sun, encouraging succulent ripeness. Over time, the monopole has been mapped into a multitude of micro climats based on subtle variations in soil types, and each one is harvested separately. The steepness of the land’s rise all but rules out mechanical assistance, requiring work on the vines to be done by hand.

Around 55% whole bunches are used for the domaine’s Clos de Tart Grand Cru, imparting long, fine tannins and a medley of herbal notes and dried flower tones. Oak aging lasts around 18 months, with the amount of new oak reduced over the years.

Sotheby’s Wine is thrilled to share a twin pair of library vintages, both wines vividly illustrating why Clos de Tart continues to be regarded as one of the most eminent and sacred plots in Burgundy.