Domaine Denis Mortet

Denis Mortet became an emblematic figure of Burgundy’s ‘new wave’, commanding an international following for his Pinot Noir style which championed startlingly deep colours, densely-wrought palate textures and long seamless finishes. Later vintages saw Mortet veer away from size towards smoothness as his ultimate flavour objective, achieved through painstaking élevage in new oak, which nonetheless hardly rippled the surface of these high-energy but very refined wines. Such power and precision of flavour could only come from perfectionist viticulture an no effort was spared to deliver the very highest quality of fruit into the fermenter.

Following Denis’ shocking and tragic death in January 2006, the domaine came under the direction of his son Arnaud. By no means a cipher of his father, he has his own confident and personal stamp, drive and style on the wines, to widespread international approbation. He feels he really hit his stride with the 2011 vintage and his understanding of terroir deepens with each vintage; he is thoughtful and meticulous, driven by work in the vineyard. The wines have a certain sumptuousness, almost gloss to them, but they are not showy or flamboyant rather they feel suave, with great aplomb. Utterly delicious from top to bottom.

 

General information

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy

  • Total holdings

    11.2ha

  • Winemaker

    Arnaud Mortet

  • Established

    1993

  • Cultivation

    Lutte raisonée

  • Website

    www.domaine-denis-mortet.fr

Wines produced

Wine Grapetype(s) Vine age Soil type Vineyard area
Marsannay Les Longeroies Pinot Noir - Scree resting on deep soils -
Fixin Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir - Limestone scree & clay-rich soils -
Gevrey-Chambertin Mes Cinq Terroirs Pinot Noir - Mixture -
Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir - Mixture -
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru Pinot Noir - Mixture Parcels in Bel-Air, Cherbaudes & Petite Chapelle
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru Les Champeaux Pinot Noir - Very red & stony -
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru Champonnet Pinot Noir - - -
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru Lavaux St Jacqu Pinot Noir - Stony and very rocky with deeper but still stony soils towards the bottom of the slope -
Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru Beaux Bruns Pinot Noir - Powdery & chalky with white marl and small stones -
Clos Vougeot grand cru Pinot Noir - Deep, marly soils with lots of clay -
Mazis-Chambertin grand cru Pinot Noir - - -
Bonnes-Mares grand cru Pinot Noir - - -
Chambertin grand cru Pinot Noir - White and marly at the top with marly-limestone and deep brown clay at the bottom -

Viticulture / Vinification

Red wines

  • Indigenous yeasts used for fermentations
  • Whole-bunch often used - amount depends on cuvée and vintage
  • Circa 20% new oak for village wines
  • 30%-40% new oak for the 1ers crus
  • 50% for the grands crus
  • 1 week pre-fermentation cold soak at 10/12 degrees celcius
  • 2 week fermentation at a maximum of 33 degrees celcius