William KELLEY, Wine Advocate
LA FORGE DE TART 1er CRU
The 2018 Clos de Tart Grand Cru was picked from August 30, the earliest on record, with some previously included parcels now relegated to the Premier Cru. The blend was made at the end of May. With approximately 60% whole-bunch fruit and matured in around 80% new oak (this figure will probably decrease in the future). this has quite a floral bouquet with pressed violets and rose petals infusing the red berry fruit. There is just a hint of balsamic in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit on the entry and fine acidity. Quite saline and spicy in the mouth, delivering satisfying depth toward the finish. This is a very capable Clos de Tart, though one that signposts even better vintages in the future as various improvements come into play.