Denis Mortet Gevrey Chambertin Mes Cinq Terroirs 2018
100% Pinot Noir. Denis Mortet was an iconic figure in Burgundy who started his career working with his father at Domaine Charles Mortet, eventually taking over winemaking in the mid-1980s. It was then that he was first introduced to Henri Jayer, leading the two to develop a lifelong friendship and mentorship. In 1991, Charles Mortet retired and split his holdings between his two sons. Denis took his vineyard inheritance and started his namesake domaine. Around this time Denis had another life-changing meeting when he was invited to taste the entire 1991 lineup of Lalou Bize Leroy with the legend herself. With his own domaine about to launch in 1992, the invaluable time spent with Leroy and Jayer would greatly inspire his own wines. From the very beginning, he became renowned by both wine lovers and his Burgundian peers for impeccable farming and seductively textured wines that would go on to stand the test of time. It is a legacy that was eventually and very suddenly passed down to his son Arnaud, who after working with Denis since the 1999 vintage, took over the family estate in 2006 after the untimely death of his father. With Arnaud in charge and the assistance of his sister Clémence and mother Laurence, the reputation for elite farming that the Mortet name was known for was taken to an even higher level. Arnaud deftly evolved the style of the wines, significantly reducing new wood, lessening the level of extraction, and fine-tuning his vinification to a point where they are now more elegant and chiseled than in the past. Mes Cinq Terroirs is from five parcels in the heart of the northern section of Gevrey, downslope from Cazatiers and Champeaux: En Motrot, Au Velle, Combe du Dessus, En Champs, En Derée. The average age of vines at over 60 years old. Fermented with natural yeasts, aged 18 months in barrels (35% new), and not fine or filtered this a gorgeous wine. On the level of premier cru, but for a fraction of the price.