2017 Domaine Denis Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Lavaux St-Jacques"

SKU #1439232 96 points Decanter

 The Mortets' five parcels here cover 1.2ha in all, and run from the top of the Combe de Lavaux to the bottom, close to the Clos St-Jacques. Fermented without whole bunches, this is another superb red from Arnaud Mortet, now established as one of the best red winemakers in Burgundy. It's juicy, textured and crunchy, with the acidity that's typical of the terroir and deftly handled 80% new wood. Drinking Window 2025 - 2030.(TA)  (11/2018)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Matured in 70% new oak and entirely destemmed, Mortet's 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux Saint-Jacques hails from fully five distinct parcels that together amount to 1.2 hectares of this superior premier cru. Wafting from the glass with notes of ripe cherry, cassis, raspberry, dried flowers, grilled meats and rich soil, the wine is medium to full-bodied, satiny and layered, with lovely energy and good depth and tension at the core despite its charming profile. Like many of the vintage's greatest successes, it will offer a broad drinking window.(WK)  (1/2019)

92-94 points Vinous

 The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux Saint-Jacques 1er Cru is a counterpart to the domaine’s own Lavaux (under the Denis Mortet label) as part of Arnaud Mortet’s own negoçe vineyards. It matures in 75% new oak and unlike the Denis Mortet Lavaux, this includes 30 to 40% whole bunches. It has a fresh and well defined bouquet with sous-bois tinged red berry fruit, crushed stone and a touch of pressed violet. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, a little more saline than the Denis Mortet offering with great precision towards the finish. Excellent.(NM)  (1/2019)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Firm reduction dominates the fruit today. Otherwise, and as is usually the case, this is easily the biggest and most powerful wine in the range among the Mortet 1ers with its overtly muscular big-bodied flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the textured, youthfully austere and very firmly structured finish. This is certainly impressive and especially so for the vintage though I find it somewhat more rustic than usual.  (1/2019)

K&L Notes

92-94pts Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Domaine Denis Mortet have five small plots of Lavaux. There is fair depth of colour here, with a very intense bouquet comprising some new oak and rich fresh fruit. This fills the mouth perfectly, is very gracious, and extends to a lovely smooth even finish. Graceful and classy. Tasted: December 2018."

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Gevrey Chambertin

- For many wine aficionados, Gevrey Chambertin is the northernmost end of the true Côte d'Or. The largest of all of the communes, it has 9 Grands Crus (Chambertin, Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Chapelle Chambertin, Charmes Chambertin, Griotte Chambertin, Latricieres Chambertin, Mazy Chambertin, Mazoyeres Chambertin and Ruchottes Chambertin). The best Premier Cru wines come form the vineyards nestled along a hill to the west of the village. The Grands Crus are planted in compacted limestone, while the soils in the rest of the village vary as to their clay content. If we are to characterize broadly, the wines are powerful, muscular and need time in the bottle to develop.