This very special “2nd wine” of the estate is sourced from vines younger than 20 years old. These younger vines can be found on 3 distinct plots within the Clos that were replanted in 1999, 2005, and 2011. La Forge de Tart is classified as a Morey-St-Denis Premier Cru. It is produced with exactly the same care and attention as the Clos de Tart, yet can offer earlier drinking pleasure. To maximize its freshness and approachability, only 15% whole bunch fermentation is used and only 50% new oak in the aging process. There is a delicious depth of flavor that is youthful and holds great possibilities for cellaring.
“This comes from the section known as La Forge, plus a young vine planting from 2011, and “Ballonge 2” where the plant selection could be better – it will be top-grafted shortly. One third whole bunch in the Ballonge component makes about 15% in all. This is a glowing purple colour, without the black. A light reduction on the nose which later shows as toasty barrel. Very complete, sensual, with good unforced acidity, more red fruit than black. Still a certain masculinity. Surprising length and depth of aftertaste. Clean and fresh after tasting the 2018. There are 15 barrels of La Forge du Tart, with half in new wood. Tasted: November 2020.” – 91-94 Points, Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy