Domaine de Bellene Bourgogne Rouge Maison Dieu 2018

2018
Pinot Noir
Roche de Bellene

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Our tasting impressions

A mere generic Bourgogne, I think not. Very old Pommard vines owned by Potel produce a wine of class and distinction. The nose is redolent of sweet red fruit. It has depth and prominence. Tannins are fervent yet mannerly. It's a rich wine as one would expect from this vintage but there is plenty of energy and lift to balance. I've been a big fan of this wine for some time.

 

About this wine

The Pommard vineyard planted in 1928 using Massal Selection was acquired by Nico's parents in 1978. Today, the Pinot Noir vines, averaging 68 years, are among the Domaine's oldest. It has been farmed organically since 1992 and produces small and concentrated grapes.

 

The vineyard sits at 230m with a south/southeast exposure. The soil is clay and limestone. The manual harvest was September 10th.

 

Crush is by foot. Fermentation is with indigenous yeasts and pumping over is gravity induced. The wine spends 6 months in oak barrels before filtration into bottle (on 11/13/19) for another 6 months of aging. Production was 25,000 bottles.

 

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.

 

Potel's view of the vintage 

2018 is, at Domaine de Bellene, an unexpected vintage. After a succession of low yield vintages due to climatic problems, this vintage is opulent in every sense of the word. Thanks to a frost-free vegetative cycle with no rain during flowering, no hail, no fungal infection and no heatwave, vines produced a large amount of quality grapes.

Roche de Bellene

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 Collection Bellenum. In the first decade of the 2000’s, Potel purchased large quantities of outstanding wines from the personal cellars of 26 domaines, spanning the vintages 1959-2006. After extensive tasting to ensure the wines were sound and of high-quality, he offered them with his label. Some of the corks will reveal the seminal source.

 

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.