Dom. Denis Mortet, Au Velle, Gevrey Chambertin, 1999
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Single bottle of Red wine Dom. Denis Mortet, Au Velle, Gevrey Chambertin, 1999 100% Pinot Noir

Dom. Denis Mortet
Au Velle
Gevrey Chambertin

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The producer

Acknowledged as one of the finest winemakers on the Cote d’Or, Arnaud Mortet assumed the enormous mantle developed by his father Denis who died in 2006 at the early age of 51. Denis Mortet had been making outstanding wines since the mid-1990s through vineyard management and winemaking inspired by Henri Jayer and Leroy. Their holdings are mainly in Gevrey with wonderful (though expensive) Chambertin Grand Cru and Bonnes Mares but also an excellent Lavaux-Saint-Jacques and some evolving stars in their Les Champeaux. They are also well represented in Chambolle, Vosne and Vougeot.

Arnaud commenced at the estate in 1999 and continued, even accelerated hid his father’s work in fine tuning the winemaking by reducing extraction by gentler maceration and the level of new oak to take the wines to an even greater level of intensity combined with elegance and finesse. Work in the vineyards has returned to sustainable practices including ploughing by horse and elimination of any machinery.

The results are wines of seductive fragrance and texture - from simple Bourgogne through to the exemplary Chambertin - result from impeccable work in the vineyards and very low yields combined with ever-inquiring winemaking. The estate Denis Mortet is acclaimed by critics and fellow winemakers alike.

The wine

This vintage is notable for its exceptional quality, characterised by favourable weather conditions throughout the growing season. The wine showcases the signature characteristics of Gevrey-Chambertin, known for producing powerful and complex Pinot Noir wines.

In the case of Domaine Denis Mortet's 1999 Au Velle, expect a wine of great depth and finesse. The nose may reveal aromas of ripe red fruits such as cherry and raspberry, intertwined with earthy notes, hints of spice, and subtle oak influences from aging in French oak barrels. On the palate, you can anticipate a rich and velvety texture, supported by well-integrated tannins and vibrant acidity. The wine's structure and balance suggest excellent aging potential, although it should be approachable now, offering a delightful drinking experience.

Type: Red
Vintage: 1999
Country: France
Region: Burgundy - Cote de Nuits
Sub region: Gevrey Chambertin
Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Style: Savory and Classic
Sweetness: Dry
ABV: 13.5%
Drinking window: 2008 - 2028
Size: 750ml
Food match: Duck, Goose and Game Birds

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