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Denis Mortet took every measure to produce the finest, ripest fruit possible, creating a style of wine which in Denis' words was "a pleasure to drink young or old". This is a man for whom young vines are 25-years-old and who cultivated his village wines just as if they were a Grand Cru; thus all his reds saw 100% new oak (François Frères oak at that), which they carried very well, although in some years the wines were highly oak-driven. Denis Mortet's immaculate vineyards were the key and his energy in leaving no stone unturned in the pursuit of excellence completed the picture. His 10 hectares encompass 14 different appellations and is a far cry from the days of his father, Charles , who started off with only one hectare. Denis Mortet continued to expand his holdings before his untimely passing, and his two grands crus, Clos-de-Vougeot and Chambertin, are both on a lease.
Sadly, Denis Mortet committed suicide in early 2006. His last vintage was 2005.
2004 Domaine Denis Mortet Cuvée de Noble Souche Bourgogne
13% alc., Imported by Martine’s Wines, Novato, CA. · A wine for lovers of Francois Fréres oak. Toast and char dominate the aromatics. Rich, red berry and cherry flavors are dominated by charred oak. The tannins are rugged. Reviewed October 14, 2007 ARTICLE »
1993 Domaine Denis Mortet Chambertain
13% alc.. Before his tragic death by suicide at the age of 49 in 2006, Mortet was a consummate perfectionist who believed in the meticulous management of his 28 acres of vineyards. His wines were bold and frequently extracted, but when he achieved more refinement, they were marvelous. I remember a number of years ago, sampling a number of mid-1990s wines from Mortet and found many heavy-handed. However, I was taken by the Les Champeaux wines and my experience with these led me to delve more deeply into Burgundy. All of his wines were made with 100% new French oak. · The aromatics were striking (dark spiced cherries, vanillin oak) and superceded the flavors. The lively acidity was wanting for a food companion. The body of fruit was on the light side, there was little grip, and the finish was short. Reviewed August 24, 2007 ARTICLE »