Denis Mortet, Lavaux Saint Jacques, Gevrey Chambertin 2018


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Denis Mortet

The story of Denis Mortet is one of incredible success and sadness. Denis started working with his father at Domaine Charles Mortet, where he took over as winemaker in the 1980s and became close friends with Henri Jayer. When Charles retired, the domaine was split enabling Denis to start his own domaine. His wines were elegant and textured, developing a serious following from collectors and peers. The domaine grew from its original 4.5ha to 11ha before tragedy struck with the passing of Denis in 2006.

Before his passing, Denis' young son Arnaud had been working alongside and took over the domaine. With the support of his family, Arnaud has made changes including using significantly less new oak, lower yields in the vineyards, and some notable winemaking techniques. Arnaud also uses stems--for certain wines he meticulously cuts the berries from the main stem of the cluster-- which results in lifted aromatics and an incredible texture for which the domaine has become known.



It would be difficult to overstate the importance of France to the wine world. With a rich history of wine production across virtually all of France over the last thousand years many of the grape species that are known for producing benchmark wines from all over the world had their beginnings in France. Over centuries vignerons refined their focus on what grapes thrived and transmitted a sense of place.