Denis Mortet was an iconic figure in Burgundy who started his career working with his father at Domaine Charles Mortet, eventually taking over winemaking in the mid-1980s. It was then that he was first introduced to Henri Jayer, leading the two to develop a lifelong friendship and mentorship. In 1991, Charles Mortet retired and split his holdings between his two sons. Denis took his vineyard inheritance and started his namesake domaine with 4.5 ha in Gevrey-Chambertin. Around this time Denis had another life-changing meeting when he was invited to taste the entire 1991 lineup of Lalou Bize Leroy with the legend herself. With his own domaine about to launch in 1992, the invaluable time spent with Leroy and Jayer would greatly inspire his own wines (and ultimately those of his son) for the remainder of his career.
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