1990 Domaine du Clos de Tart Clos de Tart Grand Cru (Mommessin)

SKU #999036 95 points Wine Spectator

 Unique, fascinating and well structured, offering crushed black pepper aromas and flavors that run like a thread through the bright berry and smoke characteristics. A beauty of a wine...  (12/1992)

93 points Vinous

 Tobacco, earthiness, cedar, mint, dried cherries and crushed flowers all lift from the glass in the 1990 Clos de Tart (magnum). The 1990 is a pretty, if delicate and fleeting, wine from Clos de Tart, but it also shows signs of development in its bouquet that suggest it is best enjoyed within the next few years. (AG)  (7/2014)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 I was quite interested to see how this wine is progressing as it had been quite some time since I last had it. Again, there is no bricking though the color has clearly lightened from the very deep ruby it displayed in its youth. Like the '93, this is impressively complex with a ripe mix of primary and now mostly secondary fruit aromas that are notably floral in character before dissolving into mouth coating| full-bodied and quite powerful flavors that are mouth coating and still focused on the robust, firm, chewy and impressively lingering if slightly warm finish. This is one of those "lightening rod" wines in that some will like the big-bodied power and chewy structure and others will find it inelegant and borderline rustic. While this wine will live for years, I seriously doubt that it will improve from here and I would suggest drinking it over the next decade as it risks drying out in time.  (11/2009)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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