- Domaine Tortochot
- Pinot Noir
- 2022 - 2035
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Goedhuis, December 2019
Morey St Denis’s 1er Cru Aux Charmes adjoins Mazoyères Grand Cru. Legend has it that if it had fallen within the more powerful parish of Gevrey Chambertin it would have been classified as a grand cru. With hints of grenadine and small sweet red cherries, this 2018 has a glossy texture and silken tannins. This is a gloriously harmonious style set to give huge pleasure.
Neal Martin, January 2020,
The 2018 Morey Saint-Denis Aux Charmes 1er Cru has a straightforward and open-knit bouquet that does not make a huge leap over the Village Cru. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, dark berry fruit laced with black tea, with a simple, easy-going finish that needs more grip. Drink 2023-2030
The Tortochot family have been respected vignerons in Gevrey Chambertin since the 19th century, but it is in recent times, under the stewardship of Chantal Tortochot, that key changes have taken place. Previously Chantal Tortochot’s father Gabriel sold most of his fruit to the famous Beaune négociant, Joseph Drouhin. Since taking over in 2001 Chantal has been carefully and surely building the domaine’s name and reputation around the world. In 2008 she made the next step by beginning conversion of her 12 hectares to fully organic practices, which was certifed in 2013. Since 2016 Chantal has incorporated up to 25% whole bunch fermented fruit, allowing the mineral salts imparted by the stems to give a vibrant freshness to her wines.
Morey St. Dénis often suffers from an identity crisis. They are more fruit forward than the wines of Gevrey Chambertin, yet more structured than those of Chambolle Musigny. It seems in this sensethat they are like middle children, always wanting to please yet not standing out as the noisy one or the notably quiet one. They are however crowd pleasers and for those who feel that Gevreys are too muscular and Chambolles too feminine; Moreys seem just right, offering velvety tannins and tangible fruit. The village offers five grand cru vineyards including Clos de la Roche, Clos St. Dénis and Clos des Lambrays which nonetheless can rival those of neighbouring villages in terms of quality (some even view them as the best in the Côte de Nuits) and various premier cru vineyards.