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denis-mortet-gevrey-chambertin-imagesDomaine Denis Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin

Charles Mortet set up his estate in 1956 with a single hectare of vines. True to the tradition in Burgundy, he sold most of his production to merchant houses. In 1978 Denis joined his father, along with his wife Laurence. They were respectively 22 and 20 years old at the time. As Laurence’s family were farmers, she quickly took to working in the vineyard to her great satisfaction. Little by little, Denis developed bottled wine sales. He succeeded his father in 1993 and created Domaine Denis Mortet. At the time it represented some 4.5 hectares within the districts of Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny and Vougeot – but this was just the start to the establishment’s vineyard. In 1993 the company acquired the parcels of the Premier Cru Lavaux Saint-Jacques in Gevrey-Chambertin, as well as vineyard plots in Motrot, in Vellé, in Champs, and La Côte des Longeroies in Marsannay. In 1997 it purchased the district area, La Combe du Dessus. This was followed in 1999 by the acquisition of the vineyard of Chambertin Grand Cru. And of Premier Cru parcels and the Derée locality in 2000. At present, the estate comprises 11.2 hectares. In 2000 Denis’ son, Arnaud entered the company. He and his mother have been in charge since 2005.

When it comes to the Mortet family, here is a tell tale sign of men who are more attracted to spending time in the vineyards than to going to school. For them, the vineyard represents a complicity with nature, loyalty to the work of their forefathers and family ties. They fully respect the art of vine-growing, as they understand that grapes are the indispensable raw material required to produce great wine. What is the point in studying, when, from the grand-father Charles to the grand-son Arnaud, everyone is instinctively attracted to the land and has a keen eye for the surrounding landscapes? When everyone immediately notes the scent expressed by a plant or the buzzing of an insect? Indeed this is what it is all about. It is about their heart that is beating for this treasure of living vines amassed over several generations.

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  • Bourgogne Blanc
  • Bourgogne Cuvée de Noble Souche
  • Marsannay Les Longeroies
  • Fixin Champs Pennebaut
  • Gevrey-Chambertin Village
  • Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes
  • Gevrey-Chambertin  En Champs
  • Gevrey-Chambertin 1° Cru
  • Gevrey-Chambertin 1° Cru – Les Champeaux
  • Gevrey-Chambertin 1° Cru – Lavaux St-Jacques
  • Chambolle-Musigny 1° Cru – Aux Beaux Bruns
  • Clos-de-Vougeot Grand Cru
  • Chambertin Grand Cru



Sensibility

Denis was constantly alert, with highly developed senses. He fed his vines and they in turn fed him. The foundations of the estate’s incomparable wines reflect this relationship based upon the senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. Denis felt the wine before even thinking about it. Extremely moved by this relationship, he was at a loss for words, and let himself be guided by intuition. The wine was never limited to a single product. It included instead everything associated with it or adding extra value: something funny that happened in the vineyard, an encounter, a special moment, a state of heart. Nothing has changed today. The flavours expressed by wine are confounded with the flavours of life. The taste of wine is at once a quest for our 5 senses as well as a combination of senses.


Gevrey Chambertin Wine tasting – We had a great wine tasting event on Thursday April 14th, 2011 in which we had a terrior Focus: Gevrey-Chambertin. Gevrey is the largest commune in the Coté de Nuits with Approximately 532 ha of Vineyards entitled to AOC status. We tasted wines from Gevrey Chambertin village – with a focus on the 2008 vintage Grand Cru’s, an enjoyable night with fine food that matched the wines superbly. The tasting video will give you a summary of the wines and food matching from the event.

2012 – better than expected!

Unusual springtime weather

Spring arrived early in 2012, resulting in a quick bud burst around the middle of April. This was followed by a cold spell, which in turn slowed down the growing cycle. Cold and humid weather conditions persisted during the flowering period. This situation produced shattered grape berries, thereby reducing the size of the harvest. The full flowering of the vineyard occurred around June 12, suggesting that the crush would take place at the end of September. Beneficial conditions at the end of summer From the end of June through to mid July, high rainfall threatened to cause mildew. As a result, we had to carefully monitor the state of our vines to eliminate the development of diseases. Thankfully the weather finally improved however cold night-time temperatures led to cases of oidium. Here again, we had to regularly intervene in the vineyard to maintain the high standard of quality of our grapes. At the end of August, the return of fine weather conditions allowed the fruit to ripen in a healthy environment. Quality fruit, offering the prospect of an excellent vintage Picking began on September 22, marked by unfavorable weather conditions. However, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the harvest. Little sorting was required and many bunches had shot berries. As it turns out, the grapes’ natural sugar levels were very high and their tannins were well-ripened. The first analyses from the laboratory indicated that the fruit was well-balanced. Following a cold week-long maceration, we immediately noticed that the color of the juice extracted from both the red and white grapes was especially intense. The wines were produced fairly quickly and without difficulty. Their fresh and fruity aromas, as well as their elegant tannins, indicate that this is an excellent vintage. In addition, the wines boast impressive density and good length, thereby gradually revealing intense and fleshy fruit flavors.
One cannot but recognize that 2012 is small in terms of volume, but great in terms of quality.

Gevrey-Chambertin-bottle2011: Precocious and promising

Bud break was very early. Bud nipping and suckering began on the 26th April. The heat and dryness of April, May and June caused the grapes to ’stress’… Vine growth slowed down leaving us concerned that we might have small clusters and very little harvest. Fortunately, at this stage of the vine’s development, no disease set in and the canopy remained intact. Then from the 20th July, it rained for a month with the water being soaked up by the vines. It became imperative to intervene as the sanitary state of certain plots deteriorated. In order to preserve the harvest, a team was sent in to cut away the damaged clusters; a de-leafing also enabled the grapes to breathe. In under three weeks we had everything under control. The weather got better and the heat and sunshine encouraged ripening. On the 1st September the harvest could begin. An initial team of pickers carefully sorted the grapes in the vineyard. A second team, then, sorted the grapes on a table as they entered the cellar. At the end of the day, the wines showed very good phenolic maturity and excellent acid/alcohol balance. They had colour, were fruity with supple tannins and a long and crisp mouth-feel. In January 2012, at this stage of the wine-making process, the malolactic fermentation has still not begun, which is a great sign for the ultimate body of our wines. Finally, and considering the complex weather patterns of the 2011 summer, it remains to say how pleasantly surprised we are by the quality of the vintage. It is very promising. We cannot repeat it enough; our vigilance and the seriousness of our vineyard work throughout the year enable us today to await, hopefully, remarkable wines.

2010 vintage: only good surprises!

The harsh and snowy winter allowed the soils to rest. And then the springtime arrived, offering sunny, warm and dry conditions. The vines’ growing cycle started earlier than usual, indicating a harvest ahead of schedule. But the cold and rainy weather during month of May slowed down the growth and led to the uneven blossoming of the vines. These conditions ended up producing shot berries, suggesting a small harvest. July and August were gloomy months. It was therefore necessary to pay twice as much attention to the state of the vineyards to produce grapes of a high standard of quality. Attention was especially paid to leaf fining, to avoid rot and to expose the grapes to sunlight, in view of favoring their ripening. The use of these techniques set the scene for a top quality harvest. Once again, the month of September benefited from 15 days of generous sunshine, spoiling both us and the grapes alike! The ripeness of the harvest was surprising. It produced strongly colored and extremely fruity wines, with good rich and well-balanced matter, as well as instantly round tannins. All of these characteristics are the sign of a very promising vintage, extremely Burgundy in style!


2009 Gevrey Chambertin Dom Morin – Charlie The Wine

2009 Following a good winter, which enabled us to work the soil, the vineyard then benefited from radiant springtime weather. Mild rainfall promoted the regular and steady growth of the vines. As a result, they ended up supplying the right amount of grapes as the flowering phrase happened fairly quickly and without any problems. Big worrying storms brought heavy rainfall on July the 14th. Around 150 mm fell over a 3-day period. However this quantity of water profited the vineyard during the rest of the summer, as drought-like conditions appeared up until the end of the harvest which took place from the 10th to the 16th of September 2009. Warm and mild sunshine during this period produced grapes of an exceptional quality, translating to structured, well-balanced and strong wines, boasting elegant tannins. Their robes are strongly colored with good density. These are highly expressive wines displaying notes of well-ripened fruit. The combination of all these factors has produced a great vintage.

2008 and 2007 are complicated vintages with approximately the same profile. The bad weather during the springtime and during the summer, obliged us to work twice as hard in the vineyard: leaf thinning, green harvesting, clipping, all by hand, as damaging the soils was out of the question. We use all the means at our disposal to obtain top quality grapes. In 2008 the fine weather in September really saved the harvest which started on the 30th, finishing on October the 6th. In 2007 we harvested earlier on. Both of these vintages produced plenty of malic acid: the wines are difficult at the beginning but after the malolactic fermentation, they are very round, very fruity, and very long. Of course, we had to also undertake gentle extractions and count on the natural colour of the wines. 2008 produced wines that were even fruitier than 2007.”

2006 was a super vintage! The only negative thing was the hail that damaged the Chambertin and the Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru. Otherwise we were able to make some top-notch wines. The summer was marvellous with sunshine and light rainfall at the right moment. The wines are silky with fully melted tannins.

Arnaud
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