- Red Wine
- Pinot Noir
- Medium Bodied
- 13.00% 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.
95 Points - John Szabo
From two crus: Les Haut Jarrons, planted in 1974, and Les Peuillets planted in 1993, both at high density, 10,000 vines per hectare, this homage to the great Bartolo Mascarello of Barolo fame is a stunning wine off the top. Fruit is certainly ripe, still very much in the red berry spectrum, but sweet and plump, with a pretty, dried rose/violet note and a gently leafy-forest floor tone. Tannins are abundant - this has excellent structure - if also fine and tight-grained. Acids are perfectly comfortable and the finish is long. In 3-5 years, this will be a terrific bottle of wine, and it has the stuffing to go deep into the '30s sans problems. Brilliant at the price. Tasted September 2019
92 Points - Michael Godel
Perhaps 1995 as the pre-curser gets in the way of this earliest of Savignys and with the knowledge of structure in pocket it’s hard not to see this as nowhere. Acidity and tannins make for some seriously kept fruit and yet that drupe has some dried notes and curative moments. I’d day 15 years but not 25 from this vintage. Drink 2019-2030. Tasted September 2019.