- Domaine Denis Mortet
- Pinot Noir
- 2020 - 2035
- Case size
Goedhuis, December 2015
Always a very approachable style of 1er Cru, this generous wine has an attractive volume of vibrant fresh red berry fruits and an appealing freshness which provides sophistication and subtlety on the finish. Lots of charm.
Neal Martin, December 2015,
The 2014 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champeaux comes from 60- to 100-year-old vines on four different blocks in the corners of the vineyard, where the soil worked by horse as there is no access into the vineyard for a vehicle. It has a stoic, mineral bouquet that expresses the limestone mother-rock in this vineyard. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannin, crisp acidity, superb mineralité, and the 40% new oak seamless is integrated on the crystalline finish. It just encapsulates how far Arnaud Mortet has come as a winemaker -- a brilliant wine. Drink 2019-2040
Burghound, January 2016,
Here the emphatically cool and reserved nose presents a pretty mix of agreeably fresh red and dark currant, spice and earth-infused aromas. There is a slightly more refined mouth feel to the focused, delineated and intense medium weight flavors where the minerality is even more pronounced, all wrapped in a mildly austere and impressively complex, long and impeccably well-balanced finish. This too is really lovely. Drink 2024+
Sarah Marsh, December 2015,
65 year old vines - some are 100 years. Really quite spicy and lifted. This is vigorous - quite compact. there is tension. Lovely depth of red fruits. It is really quite layered. It feels colder and has some grip on the palate…colder stony grip at the end. This is a refined Champeaux…very nicely defined, but with grip too.
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.