Our tasting impressions
This Grand Cru began with an intriguing feral-ness. Despite the lighter vintage, this is rather big. As it fleshed out, it became more refined and balanced. Definitely red fruit flavored. Drinking beautifully now but seems capable of further development over at least 8 more years. Clos de la Roche is one of our most cherished Burgundy Grand Crus and this lovely doesn’t disappoint!
About this wine
Morey-Saint Denis, despite being less famous than some of its Côte d’Or neighbors, may have the highest top-to-bottom quality. The same is true for its famed Grand Cru Clos de la Roche, it’s soil and conditions are of consistently high quality throughout it’s almost 17ha of Pinot Noir vines.
About the grape
Pinot Noir is an ancient grape from eastern France. Notoriously challenging, it thrives in cooler climates. The concept of terroir is most closely identified with Burgundy because the lightness of Pinot Noir enables it to so transparently express minor differences (which is why experienced tasters can discern the difference in wines produced from vineyards in very close proximity). Intense popularity resulted in plantings all over the world but most agree that its finest expression is in the Côte d’Or of Burgundy.
About the vintage
A very damp summer resulted in quite a bit of rot so conscientious producers need to select fruit with great care. Wines tend to be lighter and early developing. This is useful since one doesn't need to wait quite so long to drink them as with more robust vintages.
Roche de Bellene was established in 2008 by Nicolas Potel. It is a diversified and global wine production and trading company. The company includes Domaine de Roche Bellene, which offers wines from estate owned vineyards in 10 different Côte d’Or appellations.
Maison Roche de Bellene is the company’s négociant arm. Potel and his team source grapes from respected and consistent sources throughout the Côte d’Or. All are very old vines from which Roche de Bellene produces white and red wines. Another part of the Maison operation is the Bellenum Collection. Potel purchases collections of outstanding wines from the vintages 1959-2006. After ensuring the quality, he rebottles these treasures before making them available for purchase.
Nico is the son of the legendary Volnay producer, Gerard Potel. In addition to learning “at home,” he trained at excellent estates in Australia, California and Burgundy. Potel is widely respected by his peers for his remarkable wine production talents, as well as his keen sense for sourcing grapes and wines.