Our tasting impressions
This is a really fun ride. It’s zingy and zesty with a bit of spice. Still some oak evident but it’s young. A fabulous Puligny in the making.
About this wine
Puligny-Montrachet is probably the most famous village for Chardonnay in the world. The steely, mineral driven wines are, for many, the epitome of white Burgundy. Les Folatières is the largest Premier Cru in Puligny-Montrachet.
This wine comes from an east-facing plot, 1/3 ha planted, on average, 45 years ago. The solid composition is clay and limestone and the elevation is 280 meters.
Fermentation is with native yeasts and the wine ages in French oak (30% new) for about a year.
About the grape
Chardonnay is the most popular wine variety in the world - and in the US. Winemakers love the green-skinned grape as well because it’s so easy to grow and adapt to many different production techniques. Grown everywhere, Chardonnay’s greatest expressions are widely believed to come from Burgundy. Indeed, this is believed to be where the grape originated. Chablis, in Northern Burgundy and Champagne also offer superlative examples of Chardonnay.
About the vintage
High spring temperatures meant early budding, so the late April hail and frost was very destructive. Renewed heat helped to put things back on track, but many vines were lost. As is often the case, the remaining fruit was highly concentrated. Ripeness and balance were strong.
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.