2012 Denis Mortet Chambertin Grand Cru 3-Pack (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1414212 96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 There are two new barrels of the 2012 Chambertin Grand Cru this year. It comes from a single parcel of 0.15-hectares next to David Duband and Jean-Louis Trapet. It has a beguiling bouquet with dark cherries, forest floor, hints of bergamot and bay leaf, opening with time in the glass to reveal wonderful mineralite. The palate is medium-bodied with an opening that shimmers in the mouth. This is very harmonious and filled with nervosite and energy. It is more understated than say, Bernard Dugat’s Chambertin, erring more towards Rousseau in style. This will be hard to find, but you will have one exquisite wine if you do track one down.  (12/2013)

95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Moderate wood all but dominates the intensely sauvage wild red and dark currant, spice, menthol and wet stone nuances. The large-scaled flavors are pungently earthy with an abundance of mineral hints that continue onto the explosively long and impeccably well-balanced finish. This is a big but not particularly rustic or austere Chambertin that should age for a very long time. 2012 is one of the better vintages for the Mortet Chambertin and I am more than just a little impressed.  (1/2015)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (20% vendange entier): Bright, deep red. Wonderfully complex nose combines raspberry, smoke, minerals, pepper, licorice and musky underbrush. A bit more timid on the attack than the Clos Vougeot, then sappy and powerful in the middle, displaying great intensity and thrust to its precise flavors of purple fruits, spices and saline minerality. A wine of outstanding finesse and inner-mouth tension. The ripe, noble tannins saturate the entire mouth on the very long, vibrant finish. A splendid young Chambertin with a great long career ahead of it.  (3/2015)

92-94 points Vinous

 The 2012 Chambertin Grand Cru comes across as a bit fleeting today. Sweet floral notes and spices emerge from the glass, but the wine never seems to flesh out. The 2012, of which there are just two barrels, was aged in 100% new oak. I am tempted to think I caught the Chambertin in an awkward state, as it is usually far more expressive. --  (1/2014)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
Specific Appellation:

Gevrey Chambertin

- For many wine aficionados, Gevrey Chambertin is the northernmost end of the true Côte d'Or. The largest of all of the communes, it has 9 Grands Crus (Chambertin, Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Chapelle Chambertin, Charmes Chambertin, Griotte Chambertin, Latricieres Chambertin, Mazy Chambertin, Mazoyeres Chambertin and Ruchottes Chambertin). The best Premier Cru wines come form the vineyards nestled along a hill to the west of the village. The Grands Crus are planted in compacted limestone, while the soils in the rest of the village vary as to their clay content. If we are to characterize broadly, the wines are powerful, muscular and need time in the bottle to develop.