Tuesday, May 9, 2023
LeDomduVin: The last day of my 40s and Clos de Tart 2016
Today is my last day of being 49 years old. Tomorrow, I will be 50.
I was working for lunch and, thus, was dressed in my Sommelier suit. And it was an excellent occasion to mark the last day of my 40s.
So, I asked a colleague to take a few pictures of me while tasting the « Clos de Tart » 2016 I had just opened, about 45 minutes before the host and her guests arrived.
Very happy with these few shots, and I don't think I look that bad for a guy about to turn 50. Youth is a state of mind. 😄👍🍷
I opened 2 bottles of Clos de Tart 2016, and both showed wonderfully.
It displayed an attractive ruby-red colour of medium intensity. Right after opening, the nose boasted fresh and inviting notes of freshly picked red cherry, mineral, floral and herbal nuances. The palate was incredibly soft and gentle, very silky, almost fragile, yet focused and precise, combining elegance and charm, then revealing greater complexity and potential as it opened up after a few minutes in the glass and a few swirls.
After 45 minutes, it had changed, offering aromas and flavours of darker and ripper "griottes" (wild cherry) with earthy and oak nuances and a "soupçon" of tobacco and white pepper. The palate is silky, rich and fleshy, supported by excellent acidity and integrated tannins. Looooved it.
Although very approachable now, it is still young and could benefit a few more years, if not decades, to get even better than it already is.
A toast to the last day of my 40s.
Dom (aka LeDomduVin aka Dominique Noël)
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