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“The young Mortet is already renowned in Burgundy for the quality of his vineyard work and grower after grower spoke admiringly of how Arnaud has picked up right where his father left off. I should add that compliments from colleagues when it concerns vineyard work are given sparingly in Burgundy but the two domaines that are routinely mentioned are Mortet and Groffier...”  Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 33 Jan 2009

“The young Mortet has always had a gifted touch but it seems clear that he is really coming into his own as his wines grow ever more sophisticated and pure.”
Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 45 Jan 2012

“...brilliant mastery of this style is revealed by all the property’s wines since 1993 – from the simple Burgundy to the Chambertin.” Bettane & Desseauve, The World’s Greatest Wines

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History

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.

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Vineyards

Burgundy is the most emblematic winegrowing region in France, representing a mere 5% of the surface under vine. Its history is bound to its geography. Facing in all directions, it extends at once across plains, hillsides, valleys and plateaus. Both primitive and modern alike, the area is crossed by waterways and roads. Very early on, Burgundy was transformed into a passageway between the north and the south of France, between the Loire and the Meuse, between the Rhône and the Seine, between the Roman Empire and barbarian tribes, between those speaking Oc and those speaking Oil. This is the only French region where dukes were also kings. Home to Rameau, Bossuet, Lamartine and Saint-Bernard, Burgundy is a country in itself.

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Winemaking

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.

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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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 Rajiv Kehr, Pro (India)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Denis Mortet . In a tasting of  6 wines 

“As the President of the Delhi Chapter of the International Wine & Food Society it was my privilege to host for the members of my club a dinner at my home. I took my guests on a journey which started with a welcome glass of champagne, followed by Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Kabinet Riesling by Markus Molitor which we enjoyed with the fois gras. We then moved onto Theresa Breuers top wine - her Berg Schlossberg 2013 which is produced in tiny quantities from her best Grand Cru plot.

Before moving onto the reds we paused to have a serious wine

Haut Brion Blanc 2009 was everything that you could expect. When a wine is so rare and expensive its easy to get disappointed because our expectations are very high. This bottle delighted and delivered in every way. The wine was singing from the word go. A zesty nose with hints of lemon and loads of grapefruit whose intensity was equally matched by the finish which initially tasted as you would expect a sauvignon blanc to taste but thats where the comparison ended as the wine put on weight cloaked in the bright acidity yet enveloped in this creamy texture to leave the tip of the tongue tasting the wine long after it was gone. I was fearful that the wine would not show well at such a young age. No need to worry! The perfect wine which can be enjoyed in its youth and for decades after. 99 points”

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Denis Mortet . In a tasting of  21 wines 

“d'Arenberg Cenosilicaphobic Cat 2009 / Seriously? What would possibly possess someone to name a wine that?
Better I let them tell the story – “Growing up, fourth generation winemaker, Chester Osborn, had a large ginger cat with blood shot eyes named Non Alcoholic Booze.
In typical Australian fashion this was shortened to Booze after he was caught cleaning up a small red wine spill with his tongue. He developed quite a taste for red after that, but was denied access to his new found love by the concerned Osborn family. Consequently Non Alcoholic Booze lived a frustrated life, because despite his nickname, he suffered a monumental case of Cenosilicaphobia (the fear of an empty glass).”
I am not making that up!
The wine itself is a blend of 91% sagrantino and 9% cinsaut, but this vintage won't be released till mid 2012.
Tight, still very youthful Firm tannins and a wine that clearly needs some time to settle. Really quite concentrated. It does need a few years, by when it should be a very different wine. At the moment, too tannic for me. ”

1y 11m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Denis Mortet . In a tasting of  19 wines 

“Just before X-mas I got to chance to taste some great Australian Icons + few others:)”

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