- Domaine Denis Mortet
- Pinot Noir
- 2015 - 2025
- Case size
Goedhuis, January 2011
We used to only focus on their Vieilles Vignes but we have so enjoyed their straight Gevrey for the past few years that we enthusiastically (and repeatively) enquired about an allocation. Our wish was granted in 2009. A powerful and incredibly layered wine, this 2009 reveals candied red fruits, toasted spice and chewy tannins.
Neal Martin, January 2011,
Tasted out of barrel at the Domaine. The Gevrey Village is an assemblage of “young” vines under 45-50 years. Raised 50% in new oak, the malo not completely finished. This has a very floral bouquet with touches of violet and rose petals. Good definition with touches of vanilla imparted by the new oak. The palate has a ripe, effervescent entry with citrus fruit, hints of orange peel interlacing the dark cherry fruit. Taut tannins, perhaps just a little abrupt towards the finish but good structure and weight for a Village Cru.
Burghound, January 2011,
An earthy and very ripe nose of extract of black berry fruit aromas merges into very suave, rich and opulently textured medium-bodied flavors that brim with dry extract that easily buffers the relatively fine tannins, indeed this is much finer than most Gevrey villages wines. Drink: 2015+.Notes: from vines that range from young up to 50 years of age.
Domaine Denis Mortet
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.