Mix and match with other Direct wines from this producer for minimum purchase of 6 bottles (or equivalent of 4500mL) per producer. Purchases must be in multiples of 6. Ships directly from winery to you in a few weeks - $4/bottle for 12 (+$2 if order less than $400) or more & $6/bottle for 6 (+$2 if order less than $200)per producer.
Our tasting impressions
Our first go-around with Potel's Saint Aubin. As far as we are concerned, it is a welcome introduction. Now we have a quartet representing what are arguably the four finest village wines in Burgundy. The light color belies what this wines is packing. Compare to the Meursault, the nose is leaner but the flavors are rounder. Faintly toasty right now with a creamy body but lots of good nerviness. The length is surprising. Overall, sleek, immensely enjoyable and a wonderful value. Yet another Bellene white that is so transparent in its terroir.
About this wine
Saint Aubin has been on the ascent in recent years. With so much demand and short supply for the "Big 3", talented winemakers began focusing on this previosuly under-appreciated village. This 100% Chardonnay village wine is from 2 vineyards planted 55 years ago in clay & limestone soil. The plots total a half hectare and face southeast at an elevation of 270 meters.
Grapes were handpicked on 9/4-6 and yields were 42 hl/ha. Fermentation was by native yeast. Aging was in oak barrels (10% new). Malolactic fermentation was done and bottling took place on 12/10/18. 3,000 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.
On your table
We enjoyed the 2016 at our 2019 Spring Feast with Roasted Shrimp Salad, Watercress, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Radish and Avocado Dressing. Serve just below cellar temperature. Drink now or hold for the mid-long term.
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.