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.
The vineyard name Les Longeroies probably comes from the old French, meaning “to furrow”. It is the star climat of the AOC and has been earmarked for promotion to a 1er Cru.
“A very subtle hint of wood frames pure and relatively elegant red and blue pinot fruit aromas that introduce delicious mineral-inflected flavors that possess good detail and punch, all wrapped in a mildly austere and persistent finish.” 88-90 points, burghound.com, issue 49
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.
Pinot Noir – This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one trick pony, it can make great reds, rosé, sparkling and even sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.