Muscular and brooding yet clear and pure, with wild dark hedgerow fruit and deep granular tannins, but no sense of unruliness. Full of character and rambunctious, earthy fruit. From vines that average 60 years old.
Denis Mortet's death in the early part of 2006 was a tragedy that shook the wine world. He was able to make the 2005s and fortunately his talented son Arnaud was waiting in the wings to take over. Denis was already leaning towards making a more gentle style of Burgundy in 2006 and Arnaud seems to have even more whole-heartedly adopted this philosophy, moving closer to the wines of great uncle, Charles Rousseau. During fermantation, extraction is very light and much less new oak (no more than 40%) is employed during elevage. A domaine with enormous potential.
A village just north of Gevrey-Chambertin in the Côte de Nuits producing red wines. The wines of Fixin are similar in style to those of its neighbour - sturdy, muscular red burgundies with perhaps a bit more rusticity and less complexity, though having said that the best examples of Fixin can be infinitely superior to some of the lesser Gevreys. There are five premier cru vineyards: Les Arvelets and Les Hervelets, Clos de la Perrière, Clos Napoléon, and Clos du Chapître. There was a time, centuries ago, when Fixin's Clos de la Perrière was sold for the same price as Chambertin. Fixin has the potential to produce the best value red wines in Burgundy though a lack of good growers actually living in Fixin has meant this potential is not often realised. There is truth in the saying that the best Fixins are produced by growers based outside of the commune. Vosne's Meo-Camuzet and Gevrey's Denis Mortet are just two of many illustrious names making fine examples.