BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR 2018 BY MAISON ROCHE DE BELLENE
Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2018 by Maison Roche De Bellene is a modestly priced Bourgogne Pinot Noir from vineyards that are 30-80 years of age. The words vieilles vignes (“old vines”) on a label should always grab your attention. Mature vines are a treasure worth trumpeting on your label (if you have them), and Nicolas Potel of Maison Roche De Bellene certaily does. That’s impressive raw material for a bottle in this appellation/price tier. Perhaps it’s to be expected when you’re talking about a domaine with Nicolas’ pedigree.
Nicolas grew up at the legendary Domaine Pousse d’Or in Volnay where his father worked. After training abroad he returned home in 1996 to work with another legendary winemaker Christophe Roumier. Finally in the early 2000’s he started his current project, Maison Roche de Bellene.
“…This true Vieilles Vignes Burgundy has killer finesse and an insane quaffable quality that makes it a dangerous wine.”
We often say that the best way to judge a producer is by their ‘entry-level’ bottling, and based on this beauty, you bet we’ll be hunting for Premier and Grand Cru bottlings from Nicolas Potel in the future.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
“I must also praise a clutch of superb wines from that scallywag Nicolas Potel, who may have lost his name, but certainly not his unquestionable craftsmanship. Under his negociant label Maison Roche de Bellene and his own arm Domaine de Bellene based at his new chai in Beaune (Bellene being the ancient name for the town) he has fashioned some outstanding wines, many at very reasonable prices. Bravo!”
Neal Martin, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR 2018 BY MAISON ROCHE DE BELLENE: CHARACTERISTICS
BODY / STYLE / OAK / Medium-bodied / smooth, silky, floral, fruity / Oaked
SWEETNESS / Dry
CELLARING / Drink now or cellar
BEST PAIRINGS / Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Rich Fish, Roasted Vegetables
TASTING NOTE / “Smashed cherry skins, crunchy acidity and fresh vibrant intensity. But, beneath all the fresh red flowers and sweet talc on the nose there is a fine whiff of wet rocks and autumn. Tannins are chalky, soft and plump.”
This entry-level red Burgundy comes from vineyards in the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. The vines range in age from 30 to 80 years and are farmed sustainably. The major part of this wine is matured in barriques and the remainder is done in stainless steel.
This maintains a pure style with bright fruit and a fine texture. 100% delicious. This true Vieilles Vignes Burgundy has killer finesse and an insane quaffable quality that makes it a dangerous wine.
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