Domaine Denis Mortet - Fixin 2005
Domaine Denis Mortet - Fixin 2005 (89/90 TSW)
We enjoyed this Burgundy at @brut_172
Domaine Denis Mortet in Burgundy was founded by Denis Mortet in the early 1990s. He died at the age of 51, after taking his own life in January 2006. In his brief, but highly acclaimed passage from the winemaking scene, he rose to become a colossal figure in Burgundy, fashioning wines from relatively modest vineyard holdings which punch far above their weight. He rose to fame with an exceptional range of wines from the 1993 vintage.
He believed with a deep passion that the work in the vineyard was everything. But there was an essential contradiction to his work: he yearned to make wines of finesse and style, but everything he did in the vineyard and cellar tended towards sumptuous wines of almost unparalleled weight and opulence, which achieved cult status and a devoted following. But the harder he drove himself, the further from his stated aim he went. Only now, under son Arnaud and the watchful eye of his mother Laurence, are the wines achieving the minerality and elegance (and seemingly without sacrificing weight) that Denis sought.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a clear crimson red color.
On the medium(+) nose aromas of red berries, raspberries and undergrowth wit hints of smoke, barnyard, coffee and caramel.
On the palate dry, medium bodied with medium acidity and tannins which had to wake up. Not very complex of difficult but very nice and round in the mouth with a medium(+) length finish.