Arnaud Mortet, the young wine-maker of the Denis Mortet domaine, is the latest in a line that began with Charles Mortet, who created his domaine with a single hectare of vines in 1956. Like many of his neighbours, Charles Mortet sold all the wine he produced to the trade. In 1978, his son Denis joined him at the age of 22 with his 20-year-old wife Laurence. They soon began bottling and selling the wines and Laurence, who was the daughter of farmers, acquired a taste for vineyard work. As the true gardeners they were, it was through the quality of their work with the vines that Denis and Laurence would break into the market at a time when wine growing was neglected. In 1993, they officially took over, with 4.5 hectares of vines, and the domaine took the name of Denis Mortet.