- White Wine
- 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.
90 Points - Michael Godel
Once again here comes the modern day négoce master Nicolas Potel with an old vines chardonnay and as always his intention to bring important fruit and Bourgogne to the market. “Nobody does it better, makes you feel bad for the rest,” and yet it seems a game to Nico, easy, facile and effortless. Crunchy green apple with snap back bite, ease of wood integration as if it’s not there at all and amenability from Beaune to Dijon and back. Drink 2021-2024. Tasted April 2021.