A distinguished and refined cuvée, the 2006 Lavaux St Jacques does not have the hedonistic side of Vieilles Vignes, but what it lacks in overt flesh it makes up in power, prowess and elegance. Its attractive red and black cherry fruit turns to brown sugar and smoke on the finish. Impressive. Drink 2010 - 2022+.
A moderately high-pitched nose of blue and red berry notes, earth and hints of spice and game combine with a hint of wood spice on the rich, full and supple flavors that are delicious, sweet and detailed, all wrapped in a finish that displays ample minerality on the balanced, harmonious, powerful, sappy and persistent finish. An excellent '06 and very Lavaut in character and is blessedwith excellent underlying material.
A moderately high-pitched nose of blue and red berry notes, earth and hints of spice and game combine with a hint of wood spice on the rich, full and supple flavors that are delicious, sweet and detailed, all wrapped in a finish that displays ample minerality but also a trace of the same dry tannins but here it appears that they may very well round out. Drink: 2012+.
For many years, Dénis Mortet worked passionately to create one of the most sought after domaines in Burgundy. He learned about winemaking while working with his father Charles, a cousin of Charles Rousseau. From the early 1990s he built his vineyard area to almost 10 hectares dispersed throughout Gevrey Chambertin, Chambolle Musigny, Vougeot, Fixin and Marsannay. His exceptional determination and self-criticism drove him in pursuit of the holy grail of Gevrey Chambertin. Year-in and year-out, he aimed for higher and higher ideals believing that there was always better, always purer. Sadly, he has not lived to see his results. After his tragic death in 2006 at the age of just 51, his son, Arnaud, took over vineyard management and winemaking. Since then, this domaine has been soaring to ever-greater heights. In Dénis’s era the wines had been admired for their opulence, but in the past decade Arnaud has redefined the Mortet style as one that ascends towards a pinnacle of finesse and elegance. The dextrous handling of each parcel means the Fixin and Marsannay are as interesting talking points as the Lavaux St Jacques and Clos de Vougeot. The domaine has forged a reputation for organic viticulture par excellence, and the dedicated work in the vineyards is abundantly clear in the cellar. Arnaud has an astonishing gift for managing whole bunch fruit and matching new oak to his pure, crystalline wines.
The greatest village in terms of notable grand cru vineyards, Gevrey Chambertin has no less than 9 of them including its most famous Chambertin and Chambertin Clos de Bèze, and includes a premier cru vineyard that many people deem grand cru in quality - Clos St. Jacques. It encompasses approximately 400 hectares under vine also making it the largest top quality vineyard area in the Côte de Nuits. Gevrey-Chambertin has many followers who seek out its deeply coloured, robust and textured wines. They are often firmer than the neighbouring appellations of Chambolle Musigny and Vosne Romanée and can take several years to soften once released. Due to its size and reputation, the list of excellent producers is noteworthy and many are worth seeking out.