- Red Wine
- Pinot Noir
- Medium Bodied
- 13% alc./vol
About the Winery
Groupe BelleneGroupe Bellene is composed of the négociant “Maison Roche de Bellene” and the winery “Domaine de Bellene” both located in Beaune. Nicolas Potel grew up at the Volnay Domaine Pousse d'Or, where his father, Gérard, had worked since 1964.
Nicolas trained abroad and returned home in 1996, hoping to build a négociant business and that was the start of Maison Nicolas Potel. Potel began sourcing grapes from good parcels, often working with the growers to improve quality. By 2002, he was making 120 wines from 50 different appellations.
Today he runs Maison Roche de Bellene, a micro-négoce that offers a complete range of wines, with an emphasis on individual terroirs from vieilles vignes (old vines - 40 years or older) that are farmed responsibly. All of the growers that Nicolas works with are either organic certified or farming according to the principles of lutte raisonée (sustainable viticulture). This enables Nicolas to consistently produce the expressive, terroir-driven style that is his vision. In addition he owns his own vineyards and bottles these wines under the label Domaine de Bellene. You can also find some special back vintage offerings that Nicolas has sourced from his friends in region, this is labelled under Collection Bellenum.
A bright, sleek style, displaying violet, cherry and black currant aromas and flavors. Well-structured and balanced, this lingers with smoke and mineral accents. Terrific length. Best from 2019 through 2032. 295 cases made.
91 Points - John Szabo
Pale, light delicate, tart red fruit-inflected in both the vintage and the village style, this is a pinot in the fine-grained, firm and refined genre, not intended to blow one away, but subtlely draw you in with savour and sapidity. Tannins are light and dusty, supported by an equal measure of acids; it's not a wine for the long term, but will offer a succulent and savoury experience over the next 4-6 years or so I'd say.