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Our tasting impressions
Just try and keep the raging aromatics in the glass! Sweet and spicy with the mild tannins typical of the vintage. Immensely enjoyable now but it will develop more complexity in time. Likely not a long-term proposition but like so many red Burgundies from 2017, it will offer so much pleasure without having to wait as long as one needs to for the prior vintages.
About this wine
Vosne wines are considered the pinnacle of red Burgundy. Beaux Monts (aka Beaumonts), straddling Vosne and Flagey-Echezeaux, is one of the largest 1er Cru, but also among the best.
Potel sources from a plot that is only .015ha. The vines are 30 years old. The vineyard, at 285m, faces east and the soil is clay and limestone.
Grapes were harvested by hand to yields of 42hl/ha on 9/10. After a native yeast fermentation, the wine aged in oak barrels (20% new) before bottling unfined and unfiltered on 5/23/19. Only 300 bottles were produced.
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 bountiful crop was welcome after the major decline of the previous year. The Pinot Noir was generally fruity, reasonably acidic and gentle in tannins. Many wines appeared from barrel to be light and potentially short-lived, but since bottling they have been bulking up. What started out looking like a restaurant vintage (early consumption) now shows signs of becoming more exceptional.
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. In the first decade of the 2000’s, Potel purchased large quantities of outstanding wines from the personal cellars of 26 domaines, spanning the vintages 1959-2006. After extensive tasting to ensure the wines were sound and of high-quality, he offered 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.