Burgundy Boss To Step Down In December

 


All good things must come to an end.
 
After spending nearly 20 years at Clos de Tart winery in Burgundy's Morey-Saint-Denis, manager and technical director Sylvain Pitiot is saying farewell to the Mommessin family's beloved estate.
 
Pitiot was a  cartographer by trade until he dove into the French wine industry.  He began his career working with Calvet and Domaine Jacques Prieur, the Mersault winery with wines from Cote de Beaune and cote de Nuits.
 
Pitiot signed on with Hospices de Beaune and remained there until the Mommessin family offered him the top spot at Clos de Tart. He accepted the offer, took over the winery in 1996 after the retirement of Henri Perraut.  He is the fourth vineyard manager in Clos de Tart's modern history. 
He built a new winery which debuted in 1999, and has elevated the reputation of Clos de Tart's 7.5 hectares of grapes. The estate is one of the few monopoles to be found in the Burgundy region.

Master winemaker Clive Coates  once noted that Pitiot is the reason wine Clos de Tart is now a winery of the highest excellence.
 
“Sylvain Pitiot's arrival brought a much-needed breath of fresh air to the domain,” he wrote. “The new winery, which came into use with the 1999 vintage, plus other refinements, underlined a further sophistication in the winemaking process. Today Clos de Tart has few peers, even among the great wines of Vosne and Gevrey.”
 
Another of Pitiot's contributions to the winery and the region are the maps of the area he's created, putting to use his past career as a cartographer. 
 
Pitiot has published four cartography books which focus on Burgundy's wineries.
 
“To be able to take in the diversity of the great terroirs of Burgundy at a glance is every wine-lover's dream,” Pitiot's publisher and father-in-law Pierre Poupon wrote of the maps. “Drawing on  meticulous survey work … they enable the user to move in imagination over the ground as if he were a vigneron walking to work along the pathways among the vines.”
 
The maps feature wine coulor, appellations and the “precise boundaries of each climat are all made visible with elegance and perfect clarity.”
 
Former Chateau Potelle and Domaine de la Vougeraie man Jacques Devauges is slated to take over the technical director position when Pitiot departs later this year.
 
Photo Credit: Clos de Tart

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