From Our Cellar

Maison Roche de Bellene Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot 2013

Roche de Bellene

Our tasting impressions

A 1er Cru with a Grand Cru bouquet. It is hard to lift my nose from the glass long enough to taste it.  Enjoy this wine now, as the fruit is still fresh but more rewards await in the decades to come. Soberingly good!


About this wine

Chassagne-Montrachet is one of the premier white Burgundy appellations. Morgeot is the largest 1er Cru vineyard in Chassagne. It produces considerably more Chardonnay than Pinot Noir.


The 59-year old plot (just over 1/10 of a hectare) of Chardonnay faces southeast at an elevation of 270 meters in clay/limestone soil. Grapes were manually harvested on 10/8 and yields were 42 hl/ha.


Following a fermentation with native yeast, the wine aged in oak barrels (1/3 new) until bottling on 12/11/14. A mere 600 bottles was produced.


About the grape

Chardonnay is the most popular wine variety 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

A vintage requiring great patience, dedication and expertise. A cold spring and generally heavy rain were the main culprits. The key was deciding when to pick. Those who waited, like Potel, had mature, ripe grapes with fine concentration.


On your table

Serve at cool cellar temperature with a dish of good balance between richness and acidity. Try seared scallops in a beurre blanc sauce. 


Suggested Glassware: Grassl Cru

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 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.