- Domaine Denis Mortet
- Gevrey Chambertin
- Pinot Noir
- 2023 - 2033
- Case size
Goedhuis, December 2019
A blend of three premiers crus: Cherbaudes, Petite Chapelle, and Bel-Air. All three encircle the block of grands crus including Chambertin Clos de Bèze and Chapelle Chambertin which helps to explain the huge complexity of this wine. These on average 70 year old vines can cope with 40% whole bunch fermentation. With striking wild strawberry flavours, this is a sensual and generous wine. Beautifully layered, the refined harmonious tannins sit comfortably under the richness of fruit. Stunning.
Neal Martin, January 2020,
The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru includes 30% whole bunch and 60% new oak. It has a clean, well-defined bouquet with sous-bois and black truffle aromas permeating the red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, fleshy and charming, leading to an elegant, refined, caressing finish. Delicious and probably one of Mortet’s earlier-drinking cuvées.
Burghound, January 2020,
An exuberantly fresh nose combines notes of both red and dark currant with a plethora of spice and floral elements. The freshness carries over to the super-sleek, intense and delineation middle weight flavors that exude a lovely minerality on the balanced, refreshing and impressively long finish. Quite good. Drink 2030+. Oustanding Top value.
Wine Advocate, January 2020,
As usual, Mortet blended his holdings in Petite Chapelle, Cherbaudes and Bel-Air to produce the 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, a fine bottling in the making, exhibiting aromas of red berries, forest floor, orange rind and black truffle. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, elegant and integrated, with powdery tannins and a lively core of fruit.
Jasper Morris MW, January 2020
A blend of Petite Chapelle (1 barrel) and 2 barrels each of Cherbaudes and Belair. 60% new wood and a little whole bunch. Not too dense a purple with a fresh and elegant nose. In the strawberry mode, with a fine precise balanced finish. Far from heavyweight but a really attractive 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin.
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.