Famous for making wines of weight and power, it was only since son Arnaud took over that the wines are achieving Denis’ dream of elegance and finesse. The Mortets are related to the famous Rousseau family and like the Rousseaus they oversee a stunning Gevrey based Domaine. Although the Mortets to hold vineyards in other appellations including the underrated Fixin and Marsannay which in the right hands can be unbelievably good and great value. The wines at Mortet typically show great concentration and power with nice elegance.
Not known for their whites this is the real deal. 100 per cent fermented in barrel giving spicy but well-integrated oak. It’s beautifully aromatic with zesty lemon and orange notes complementing those gentle toasty nuances, while in the palate it has the thrilling cut and drive of 2010 written all over it. The vines that produce this wine are located in Daix, the Mortet family’s native town, northwest of Dijon. They are situated around 400m on very chalky soils. Both of these factors explain the minerality and drive of this wine.
Burgundy – The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.
Bourgogne – The entry level to Burgundy. The wines can be from vineyards outside of the better appellations or declassified from high ranks. That means you may be drinking a Grand Cru vineyard at Bourgogne pricing! Quality is variable but the great producers put as much care into their entry level as they do their great wines.
Chardonnay – The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.