Domaine de Bellene is the creation of Nicolas Potel – the son of the legendary Gérard Potel of Domaine Pousse d’Or. Potel is a big name in Burgundian winemaking, and he is known for constantly challenging the borders of winemaking in Burgundy.
About the vintage: The 2020 vintage is absolutely excellent, lauded as 'almost a dream vintage' by top UK wine buyers and something that you should snap up while you can – especially since it’s clear that there’s going to be very little wine coming out of Burgundy next year (and at much higher prices!)
It is abundantly clear that 2020 produced some magnificent wines, with exceptional balance, freshness and full fruit maturity, yet that also remain very Burgundian in style. There is very little not to like.
A case includes 3 bottles of each wine:
3 bottles x Domaine de Bellene Nuits Saint Georges Villages Vieilles Vignes 2020
Red | Pinot Noir
93 points - Wine Align, Michael Godel
Vineyards 45-55 years of age north and south on either side of the Nuits-Saint-Georges village. On the north side they sit adjacent to Vosne-Romanée, in delivery of the heft, power and depth, while southerly sites at Prémeaux Prissey tend to and lend tension release moments of delicasse. Overall the mid-weight sensibility is heightened and tends to be grippier in 2020 though the fruit is in control and seems equipped to handle the onslaught of acidity and tannin. Can’t help but show the minty evergreen and intensity of the vintage but this is a well balanced NSG machine. Drink 2023-2028.
3 bottles x Domaine de Bellene Saint Romain Vieilles Vignes 2020
Red | Pinot Noir
93 points - Wine Align, John Szabo, MS
From a high-density 1956 planting of pinot noir, aged in 20% new wood and the rest in used barrels, this is complex and perfumed Saint Romain, especially spicy and stemmy in a good way, adding an impression of freshness and counter-balancing the ripe red berry fruit. The palate is mid-weight, properly firm and structured, with high sapidity and excellent length, and well-integrated, dusty tannins that still need some time to settle in. In the context of the region, I have to say this is an excellent value red Burgundy. I'd cellar for another 2-3 years minimum before enjoying, or hold until the end of the decade without concern. Great complexity and depth.