2016 Gevrey-Chambertin, Arnaud Mortet, Burgundy

2016 Gevrey-Chambertin, Arnaud Mortet, Burgundy

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2016 Gevrey-Chambertin, Arnaud Mortet, Burgundy

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From Epointures and neighbouring vineyards south of the village. This displays a bright purple colour, with lovely dynamic fruit. It is a wine of medium weight, attractive, with less density than the Denis Mortet Gevrey but nonetheless a fine long finish.
91/100 - Jasper Morrins MW

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"Outstanding. Sweet Spot. From parcels within Jouises, Epointures, Aux Echézeaux, La Justice, Les Platières, Combe du Dessus, and En Champ. The expressive nose is ripe and ultra-fresh with its aromas of violet, plum, earth, red and dark cherry and humus. There is excellent volume to the attractively energetic medium weight flavors that brim with dry extract as well as a subtle minerality on the complex, detailed, persistent and highly refreshing finish as one just feels like drinking this. Recommended. 
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Wine Spectator94/100
Pure cherry, raspberry and stony mineral flavors are the hallmarks of this juicy red, with a firm, well-integrated structure. Combines elegance and muscle. The finish is dense and long. Best from 2022 through 2036. 
Bruce Sanderson - Wine Spectator - Apr-2019 Read more
Stephen Tanzer90-92/100
Mortet purchases grapes in a number of parcels in the southern half of the village, "near the grand crus," harvesting with his own team; vinified with 20% whole clusters): Healthy dark red. Sappy, saline aromas of black raspberry, dark chocolate and rocky minerality. Plush, thick and primary, even a bit youthfully medicinal, but with its dense dark fruit flavors given punch by a mineral pungency. The long, echoing finish features substantial ripe tannins supported by the wine's strong material. Mortet describes these "new" vines as "a bit younger than those of the domain but still mostly 50 to 70 years old." Should make a superb village wine.
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About this WINE

Arnaud Mortet

Arnaud Mortet

Not content with just running the family estate (Domaine Denis Mortet), Arnaud Mortet created his own label. This exciting project was made possible by a retiring vigneron, who passed a four-hectare estate to him and his sister, Clémence. Their first vintage was 2016.

Arnaud carries out all the vineyard work with his team – to the same, exacting standards applied to the family vines – and then buys the fruit from the proprietor. Technically, this makes it a négociant business, but in reality he has 100% control of the vineyards and the winemaking. The circa four hectares are spread around Gevrey-Chambertin – the majority 50-year-old village vines, and then similarly old-vine plots across the Premiers Crus La Perrière and Lavaux St Jacques and Grands Crus Mazoyères and Charmes.

The vineyards are relatively old. Arnaud believes that the plant material is similar to that at Domaine Maume, giving quite large but well-spaced bunches of grapes providing good aeration for the fruit, meaning rot and other fungal diseases are not an issue.

The winemaking will evolve as Arnaud gains more confidence in the health of the vineyards, feeling that the quality of the fruit has to be perfect for his normal practices to work fully. He therefore intends to be more cautious with regards to new oak and whole-bunch usage in early vintages of these wines, before the style mirrors that of the Domaine Denis Mortet range.

Arnaud Mortet is exclusive to Berry Bros. & Rudd in the UK.

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Gevrey-Chambertin is the largest wine-producing village in Burgundy’s Côte d'Or, with its vineyards spilling over into the next door commune of Brochon.

Located in the far north of the Côtes de Nuits above Morey-St Denis, classic Gevrey-Chambertin is typically deeper in colour, firmer in body and more tannic in structure than most red Burgundy. The best can develop into the richest, most complete and long-lived Pinot Noir in the world. This is largely thanks to the iron-rich clay soils, though much depends on whether the vineyard is located on either the steeper slopes (Evocelles, Clos St Jacques) or the flatter, richer soils (Clos Prieur, Combottes).

Whereas in the past there have been numerous underperformers in Gevrey-Chambertin exploiting the reputation of this famous village and its iconic Grands Crus, today there are many fine sources to choose from, and overall quality is higher than ever.

Gevrey-Chambertin’s greatest Grand Cru is named after the field of the monk Bertin (Champ de Bertin). In 1847, Gevrey appended the name of this illustrious vineyard, Chambertin, setting a trend for the other principle villages to follow. Le Chambertin may not be quite as sumptuous as Musigny or Richebourg, or as divinely elegant as La Tâche or Romanée-St Vivant, but it is matched only by the legendary Romanée-Conti for completeness and luscious intensity.

In all, Gevrey boasts an impressive nine Grands Crus, with the name of Chambertin retaining a regal omnipresence throughout its finest vineyard names. The other truly great Grand Cru is Chambertin-Clos de Bèze which has the right to sell its wines simply as ‘Chambertin’, and is the only wine allowed to put the Chambertin name before, rather than after, its own. Situated slightly further up the hill, the wines are fractionally less powerful yet full of sensual charm and finesse.

Quality-wise the next best are generally acknowledged to be Mazis-Chambertin and Latricières-Chambertin. The former is incredibly concentrated and very fine, but its structure is a little less firm than Le Chambertin. Latricières is less about power (although it can be explosively fruity) and more about an entrancing silkiness.

Situated slightly higher up the slope, Ruchottes-Chambertin is impressively rich, stylish and slightly angular. The tiny Griottes-Chambertin, which owes its name to the grill-pan shape of the vineyard rather than the wine’s griotte cherry aroma, is lower down the slope and boasts a velvety texture and rich fruit reminiscent of Chambertin itself. It is generally better than the lighter, although wonderfully fragrant Chapelle-Chambertin and Gevrey’s largest Grand Cru, the pure and seductive (if variable) Charmes-Chambertin.

Gevrey also has some outstanding Premier Crus on the south-east-facing slopes above the town. Les Cazetiers and especially Clos St Jacques produce some exceptional wines. Indeed Armand Rousseau, who pioneered domaine bottling here in the 1930s and is still one of the region’s very best producers, often sells his Clos St Jacques for more than several of his Grand Crus.

Drinking dates for these wines vary, but Grand Crus are generally best from at least 10 to 25 years, Premier Crus from eight to 20 years, and village wines from five to 12 years.

  • 315 hectares of village Gevrey Chambertin
  • 84 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards (20 in all). The foremost vineyards include Clos St Jacques, Lavaux St Jacques, Combottes, Corbeaux, Cherbaudes, Cazetiers.
  • 55 hectares of Grand Cru vineyards: Chambertin, Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Latricières-Chambertin, Ruchottes-Chambertin, Mazis-Chambertin, Charmes-Chambertin, Mazoyères-Chambertin, Chapelle-Chambertin, Griottes-Chambertin..
  • Recommended producers:  Bachelet, Dugat, Esmonin, Mortet, Rossignol Trapet, Rousseau, Serafin, Bernstein
  • Recommended restaurants : Chez Guy (good wine list), Rôtisserie du Chambertin (and Bistro)

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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