Tasted at Corney’s Clos de Tart vertical. This has been a monumental Clos de Tart since the day it was born. Much deeper in colour that commensurate vintages, the 2003 retains that decadent, almost outrageous bouquet with blueberry, damson, black olive and an almost Barolo-like fruit profile. Well…they do say they are similar! The palate is full-bodied, surfeit with glycerine, rich and extravagant with luscious, lascivious dark berried fruit, Xmas cake and fresh fig. Cashmere tannins towards the finish. You cannot help but be smitten by this Clos de Tart. Burgundy with balls. (NM)
Aromas of tar and smoke, with very pure, concentrated blackberry and spice notes underneath mark this exotic, seductive red. Silky and complex, it caresses the palate. It needs a little time to absorb the oak, but this is long and has great potential. *Collectibles and Top 100 Wines of 2006* (BS)
This is enormously ripe and explodes from the glass with warm wood-framed aromas of coffee, tobacco, plum, prune, smoked meat and dried herbs that introduce massively constituted though not incredibly structured flavors of serious size, weight and depth that are blessed with buckets of extract that completely buffer the firm and ripe tannic backbone. This is not my style but it's not imbalanced or unduly warm and it's a wine that will live for 50 years, perhaps longer. Like the '05, it's clear that my first in-bottle review was too optimistic in terms of the initial drinking window and as such, I have extended it.
Saturated ruby-red. Aromas of blackberry liqueur and dark tropical chocolate; "like a bon-bon," says Pithiot. Sweet, lush and huge, stuffed with fruit and torrefaction flavors. Amazingly thick and almost too ripe for its own good, but there's superb retention of fruit here, no doubt due to the north-south direction of the vine rows. Finishes with big, dusty tannins, strong oakiness and palate-staining length. "Drink now through 2025," Pithiot suggests, although I suspect that this massive wine will shut down at some point, perhaps for a long time. The 2003 Clos de Tart could easily be tasted against the highest-octane examples from the New World. (ST) 92+
This vintage of leonine heat produced an extraordinary but divisive wine. It remains astonishingly dark in colour with excitingly fruity but comprehensively unclassical aromas, still locked into some sort of enduring primary phase. On the palate, it is very showy and distracting, full of sugarplum fruits: ample wealth but in slightly soupy form. The moist liquorice on the finish might be the most classical element. You can’t say it’s unbalanced, though, and it shows no sign whatsoever of premature senescence. I have enthused over this wine in the past but feel that, at least at present, the fruit seems simpler than that of cooler years, unredeemed by aromatic refinement – but it’s a singular red burgundy which will set the table talking whenever it is served. (AJ)
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