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Our tasting impressions
Yowza! Darker and deeper than the 18 Folatières. A Grand Cru nose if ever I've whiffed one. It's smoother than a baby's bottom. The only other Pucelles I've tried is from Leflaive and this is in the same league at a fraction of the price.
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 Pucelles is considered by many cognoscenti as among the very best of the 1er Cru vineyards. Some think it is worthy of promotion.
Potel's source is from a meager .05ha plot east-facing plot, 1/3 ha planted, on average, 50 years ago. The soil composition is clay and limestone and the elevation is 280 meters.
The grapes were picked by hand on 9/6 with yields of about 45hl/ha. Fermentation was with native yeasts and the wine aged in French oak (10% new) until bottling on 1/23/2020, filtered but not fined. Only 309 bottles were 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
Historically high temperatures in 2018 but there was plenty of rain as well. Yields were very high and the Chardonnay, surprisingly, offered good energy. The fruit also was intensely concentrated. It certainly had an easier time of it than did the Pinot Noir but unless a vigneron was willing to put quality above finances, the potential for dilute wines was high.
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.