1998 Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru

SKU #991392 95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby. Highly complex nose melds black raspberry, Indian spices, gunflint, tar and smoky oak; seemed to grow fresher and more vibrant with aeration. Dense, thick and highly concentrated, with brilliantly defined but still rather backward fruit flavors. Finishes with great length and extremely fine tannins that dust the entire mouth. (ST) 95+  (3/2001)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A beautifully complex, expressive and still fresh nose is beginning to display some secondary development on the ripe and spicy black fruit aromas that are trimmed in just enough wood to notice. There is good richness to the round and generous if still markedly robust flavors that possess an impressively dense mid-palate before culminating in an ever-so-mildly rustic finish that offers very fine depth and persistence. Interestingly this bottle displayed none of the dryness that another bottle displayed in 2009 and thus was noticeably more harmonious. For my taste this has almost reached its apogee but even so I would be inclined to allow it another 2 to 3 years of cellar time.  (4/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Brilliant Pinot. A firm Burgundy that offers much character and a real sense of terroir-driven fruit. Structured and rigorous, with toasted, tarlike smoke and plenty of blackberry and red berry character. Elegant, with a crisp, clean, pure, fruity finish. (PM)  (10/2000)

Jancis Robinson

 Still quite firm and very intense crimson but an excellent advertisement for this vintage. A bottle from the cellar of the late Bill Baker. Firm but with ripe fruit and good structure. A good future ahead of it and not too tarty, so to speak. 18/20 points. (JR)  (12/2011)

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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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- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.