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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 of over 70 years. Firstly, there is Cherbaudes, an outstanding 1er Cru situated right below the Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru. Then there is Petite Chapelle, right next-door but a little further down the slope, immediately below the Grand Cru Chapelle-Chambertin, a site that makes very refined wines. Finally, there is Bel Air, one of the highest vineyards on the Grand Cru slope, sitting immediately above 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 class of the wine. Seventy per cent (!) of the fruit was hand-destemmed with scissors, which gives you an idea of how much Mortet values this fruit. As with the 2018, this looks like Grand Cru quality from 2019.
“Subtle but not invisible wood sets off airy and cool aromas of both red and dark currant, spice and plenty of earth and floral elements. There is again excellent volume to the tautly muscular yet sleek medium weight flavors that deliver even better complexity on the balanced, firm and sneaky long finish. This is another wine to consider as it’s lovely and built-to-reward a decade plus of aging.”
91-93 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound
|1 × 1 × 1 cm