Mortet’s Gevrey 1er Cru comes from three brilliantly situated vineyards, each of which have yields too small to be bottled separately. All these parcels border Grand Cru sites and have an average vine age over 70 years. Firstly, there is Cherbaudes, an outstanding 1er Cru situated right below the Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru. Then is Petite Chapelle, right next-door but a little further down the slope, immediately below the Grand Cru Chapelle-Chambertin (this site makes very refined wines). Finally, there is Bel Air, one of the highest vineyards on the Grand Cru slope, sitting immediately on top of Clos de Bèze (this is a cold, rocky site that faces east and produces very mineral wines).
It’s hard to imagine a better-situated collection of 1er Cru vineyards and it shows in the wine. 30 to 40% of the fruit was hand-destemmed, which gives you an idea of how much Mortet values this fruit. This is Grand Cru quality; a wine that is stunningly pure, fine and long. Such detail and finesse, you could easily be drinking Vosne or a top Chambolle 1er. Importer Notes
“A blend of Petite Chapelle (1 barrel) and 2 barrels each of Cherbaudes and Belair. 60% new wood and a little whole bunch. Not too dense a purple with a fresh and elegant nose. In the strawberry mode, with a fine precise balanced finish. Far from heavyweight but a really attractive.” 92-94 points, Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy
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