The 7.5 hectares monopole Clos de Tart is situated just south of Morey-St-Denis and has remained intact since its creation in the 12th century. It was granted Grand Cru classification in 1939.
When the Mommessins sold their négociant business to Jean-Claude Boisset they retained ownership of the Clos du Tart, which had been bought in 1932 from the Marey-Monge family. After a long period of producing competent but not always inspiring wines, Clos de Tart moved up a significant gear with the arrival of the hyper-meticulous Sylvain Pitiot in 1996.
Nowadays they usually make a Grand Cru from the best plots and older vines, and a Premier Cru from younger vines. Monsieur Pitiot and his team are totally focused on producing sublime wine of thevery highest standard in the magnificent surroundings of this ancient property.The wines are matured in 100% new oak and are bottled unfiltered. They display a seductive perfumed nose and are harmonious, refined and complex on the palate.
The vineyard is run more or less organically but without certification. With the help of Claude Bourguignon the different zones have been carefully mapped out according to soil types, and these are now picked separately and vinified apart in stainless steel tanks in the new cuvérie designed by Sylvain Pitiot in 1999. Yields are maintained well below the permitted maximum by diligent pruning and debudding, with green harvesting if necessary. Typically the harvest here is one of the latest in the region, as Sylvain likes to be sure of full phenolic ripeness.