Our tasting impressions
Among the vertical of these, 2016 likely has the deepest, most complex nose. But on the palate, it’s also the firmest and tightest. It is exceptionally balanced. While less attractive presently than 2015 or 17, in time, this vintage should eclipse those. Give it time for the best results.
About this wine
Chambolle-Musigny wines are among the most coveted red Burgundies, due in large part to their seductive aromatics.
Les Chabiots (probably a derivation of Cabotte - the stone hut that provides shelter to vineyard workers) is a fine premier cru vineyard. It sits just above the incredible Les Amoureuses and a bit east of the famed Le Musigny.
This 100% Pinot Noir is from a 1/4 ha plot planted on average 50 years ago in clay & limestone soil. The exposure is east/northeast and elevation 260 meters.
Grapes were handpicked on 9/24 and yields were very low - just 16 hl/ha. Fermentation was by native yeast. Aging was in oak barrels and bottling was on 4/9/18.
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 challenging vintage due to frost and hail. Production was sharply down - but as is often the case - resulted in very concentrated wines.
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.