MARTIN: "The 2018 Clos de Tart Grand Cru was wonderful from barrel but now it seems
to have gone up another level. It has an exquisite bouquet with wonderful
mineralité infusing the brambly red fruit. Wonderful focus and quite profound
complexity. You could nose this forever. The palate is medium-bodied with finely
chiselled tannins married with a killer line of natural acidity. Everything is
perfectly proportioned in this wine, very persistent with layers of dark berry
fruit laced with white pepper and tea leaf on the finish. Immense. Tasted blind
at the Burgfest 2018 red tasting."
DECANTER: "The 2018 Clos de Tart demonstrates the superior nature of great terroir and mature vines. This is still a big year with very ripe fruit, but there is more elegance to the grand cru than La Forge de Tarte, the premier cru, and a sophistication that is lacking in the lesser wine. Ripe black cherry and plum fruit with a bit more oak, and some additional mineral nuance, lead gracefully to the powerful but fine-grained texture, impressive density and marvellously balanced finish. Although this does not have the elegance of 2019, it shows how great the '18s can be with a sensitive hand."
ROBINSON: "Very dark crimson. Not the freshest nose – perhaps because of the slightly elevated serving temperature? But majestic in terms of build and really complex with an array of wild flowers on the nose (a biodynamic effect?). Really pretty smart! There’s a glamour and density here as well as sweetness, digestive biscuits and orange liqueur. Exciting wine."
BURGHOUND: "Gentle but perceptible wood is present on the lightly mentholated nose of super-spicy and quite floral essence of poached plum and cassis-scented nose. There is a beguiling sense of underlying tension to the delicious middle weight plus flavors that culminate in a dusty, palate coating and beautifully complex finish that also reveals a touch of warmth. The 2018 Clos de Tart is not quite as concentrated as it usually is, but it still has the stuffing to improve over the next 20 years and it should hold for many years after that. I would also observe that it's more powerful but less refined than the 2019 version."
WINEADVOCATE: "The 2018 Clos de Tart Grand Cru opens in the glass with rich aromas of raspberries, plum preserve, ripe berries, warm spices and rose petals, framed by a generous touch of creamy new oak. Full-bodied, layered and concentrated, it's rich, muscular and extracted, with a brooding, introverted profile that will require—and, one hopes, reward—patience. As I wrote last year, this is a powerful, broad-shouldered Clos de Tart that has more in common with the wines of the Pitiot era than it does with what the domaine produced in 2015, 2016, 2017 or 2019."