- Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
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.
Domaine de Bellene L'Eclos des Abeilles Coteaux Bourguignons 2019 - 91 points by Sara d'Amato
Richer than expected, this Coteaux Bourguignons expresses the riper character of this vintage but without overt tropical notes. More peach than mango on the palate with a fine oak dusting. Lightly buttery with vibrancy to balance and a long finish. Recommended Tasted May 2021.
Domaine de Bellene Santenay Les Charmes Dessus 2019 - 94 points by David Lawrason
This is a single vineyard, but not 1er Cru site called Les Charmes Dessus. It is very fine, rich and elegant with a classic, complex and almost custardy nose that involves hazelnut, yellow apple, light toast and wood smoke - all very well bound together. Quite expansive and broad with fine acidity, minerality and depth. Hazelnut, lemon custard and minerality on the finish. The length is excellent. Tasted May 2021
Domaine de Bellene Maison Dieu Vieilles Vignes Bourgogne 2019 - 91 points by Sara d'Amato
This Bourgogne Côtes d'Or takes advantage of 70-year old plantings on favorable aspects that lend a notable salinity and mineral character to the wine as well as a pitch-perfect level of ripeness. Cleanly made with more complexity than expected. The finish is very long and although youthful, it is drinking very well now. Tasted May 2021.
Domaine de Bellene Savigny-lès-Beaune Villages Vieilles Vignes 2019 - 93 points by Sara d'Amato
In a vintage defined by climate change, 2019 started out unseasonably cool and finished with record high temperatures. Yet, Domaine Bellene managed to skirt the worse consequences and ensured that the wines showed the very best of the vintage. Notes of iron and salt, crunchy mineral and highly perfumed red fruit. Elegant and effortlessly drinkable yet with a simmering vein of acidity and just the right amount of grip. Showcasing the mouth-filling nature of Savigny-les-Beaune without heaviness. Tasted May 2021.
Domaine de Bellene Nuits-Saint-Georges Villages Vieilles Vignes 2019 - 94 points by John Szabo, MS
This is a lovely, dense and rich Nuits-Saint-Georges with genuine old vine vinosity and breadth, from vines averaged 70 years old. Length and complexity are terrific, and I love the meaty, rusty iron, earth-forward profile, well beyond dark cherry fruit, in the typical Nuits idiom. The finish reverberates on and on. It's surprisingly delicious now, with tannins broad and abundant but ripe and supple, though of course several more years in the cellar, 3-5 at least are recommended, or hold comfortably into the '30s for a fully mature experience. Quite sharp value, all things considered. Tasted May 2021.
Domaine de Bellene Beaune Villages Blanche Fleur 2019 - 94 points by Sara d'Amato
A generous expression of village level Beaune from the Blanches Fleurs lieu-dit located at the northern border of Beaune close to Savigny les Beaune. Featuring a great deal of power and finesse, this lightly smoky pinot noir is bursting at the seams with black cherry, pomegranate and sweet red pepper. Pink peppercorn and rare meat play a supporting role in the flavour make-up of this engrossing and youthful pinot noir. Notes of rosebud coyly linger on the finish of excellent length. Best 2022-2025. Tasted May 2021.