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Our tasting impressions
Those of you who like your Chardonnay with more weight and richness, this one's for you (not that everyone won't enjoy this terrific 1er Cru). The very old vines (aka TVV) produce a wine with incredible depth, richness and texture. It's creamy and a touch oaky. It's hard to imagine that a wine such pedigree and distinction can also be a crowd-pleaser but, I think this Chassagne pulls it off with aplomb.
About this wine
Trés Vieilles Vignes means very old vines - in this case, more than 80. The 1er Cru vineyard is .35ha in clay and limestone soil at 280m facing east.
The grapes were hand harvested on 9/28 to yields of 42hl/ha. Fermentation was with native yeasts and the wine aged in French oak (20% new) until bottling on 10/25/17 after fining and filtration. Total production was 1,961 bottles.
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
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.
Suggested Glassware: Grassl Cru
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. Potel purchases large quantities of outstanding wines from the vintages 1959-2006 directly from the original producer. After extensive tasting to ensure the wines are sound and of high-quality, he offers 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.