Denis Mortet Gevrey Chambertin Lavaux Saint Jacques 1er Cru 2007
Blended from five parcels totaling 1.2-hectares across the terroir, this wine is certainly the benchmark Lavaux and is really the 'signature' cuvée of the Mortet estate. It is also usually the most mineral wine released here. Lavaux is always the last Mortet site to be harvested due to the vineyard's location, immediately next door to Clos St Jacques, and in the direct path of the cool air streams that flow down from the Combe de Lavaux (the border of which is pictured below). The notes below capture the wine well enough.
This is every bit as elegant as the Lavaut though not as cool with an expansive nose of ripe red berry fruit, spice hints and a touch of wet stone that is also reflected by the juicy and seductively textured middle weight flavors that maintain a fine sense of focus through to the persistent finish. In the past, the Mortet Beaux Bruns has tended to be more of a power than finesse wine and this is the most elegant version that I can recall though in 2007 it's lacking a bit of overall depth. Rating: 90 Points; Tasted: Jan 2010; Issue 37; Allen Meadows - Burghound
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