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This went down a storm at last year's NSPCC City Fine Wine Challenge and it's still drinking beautifully. Thierry's 2011 is an unapologetically 'easy' Gevrey with succulent cassis fruit and an undercurrent of woodland savour. The tannins have now melted together to give this a gorgeously supple frame. This is very hard not to love and would be perfect with mushroom risotto, game or rack of lamb. Drinking range: 2016 - 2025 Rating: 92-92 L&S (Jul 2018)
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Harmonious sweetness, classic pure style. Cassis, good body and succulence. Easy weight. Just enough tautness. Black fruit and frank directness. Piedmontese tannins again on the finish.L&S(Jan 2013)
Red-pepper notes and pure fruit flavour without too much rigid tannin. Solid stuff but definitely needs food! Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 16+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Oct 2018)
Domaine Thierry Mortet
The domaine dates back to 1992, when Domaine Charles Mortet was split between Thierry and his brother Denis, and Thierry set up on his own with just 4 hectares of vines. Today he has 7.3 ha, of which 6 are red and 1.3 white. Only 4.36 hectares are Gevrey or Chambolle, the rest being a small parcel of Marsannay Blanc and regionals - Bourgogne Rouge and Blanc, Aligoté and Passetoutgrain.Thierry continues to be praised in the French press without ever quite seeming to crack the influential American journalists. It may be simply because he is a bit short of fancy appellations - one little cuvée of Grand Cru would no doubt do his reputation a lot of good - but might also put his prices up, and these remain very modest.
In the vineyard, Thierry has been certified organic since 2007, but really this was just an official stamp on what had been the practices of the domaine since the beginning, and he is working towards biodynamic certification. In the cellar, the grapes are entirely de-stemmed, and given four or five days of cold maceration are followed by the fermentation, with just a touch of cooling to keep the temperature around 31-33C (below 35, at least), and two pigeages a day. The total time in vat can be as little as 17 days. The wines then go into barrel, all second use or older for the Bourgogne, with 30% new wood on the Gevrey, and 50% on the Clos Prieur, for a period of around sixteen months.
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