The self-proclaimed “Haute Couture” negociant of Burgundy has us awestruck. The Bellene label’s trend towards offering the finest limited-production cuvees proves its worth with this finely perfumed Pinot Noir sourced from the lower slopes of Savigny.
Sourced from old vines. This beautiful wine embraces a blend of three parcels, all reaching more than 60 years old. The result has our Tasting Panel thinking, “Round, red fruit and luxuriously soft tannins.”
Vintage excellence. While defined by low yields, 2014 also rated in at “excellent.” It became a somewhat overlooked vintage once the hoopla of Burgundy’s 2015 harvest was underway, but we are here to remind our Members of 2014’s success and this perfect example of the vintage shows us charm and attractive finesse.
A product of who he knows. And by “he” we mean Winemaker Nicolas Potel, of course. One of Burgundy’s finest whose passion is utterly contagious, he has created one of the region’s leading negociants in a relatively short amount of time. He considers Pinot Noir his most exciting varietal - evident in this current offering - and can create such dynamic wines due to his network of well-connected growers and Burgundy’s excellent vineyard sites. These same growers have followed Nicolas from his previous ventures proving his skills as outstanding winemaker and inspiring human.
Bright ruby color. Intense aromas of ripe red berries (cherries and red berries) mixed with "pain d'epices" notes. Subtle vanilla note. Ample and round. It displays a lot of generosity. Well-integrated tannins and delicate oak note. Long and tight finish.
Nicolas Potel, the well-known and highly regarded winemaker in Burgundy, has founded a new Domaine (estate-owned vineyards) and Maison (a négociant, making wine with fruit from other growers). Nicolas is an old friend of Ernst Loosen, and we are extremely happy to have him as part of our import portfolio.
Maison Roche de Bellene, the new négociant company, was founded in 2009. The emphasis at Roche de Bellene is on individual terroirs from vieilles vignes (old vines — 40 years or older) that are farmed responsibly. All of the growers that Nicolas works with are either BIO certified or farming according to the principles of lutte raisonée (“sustainable viticulture”). This enables Nicolas to consistently produce the expressive, terroir-driven style that is his vision.
Nicolas and his winemaker work closely with the growers to make decisions about vineyard practices, crop reduction (“green harvest”), harvest dates and the fermentation regimen. As soon as the fermentations are complete, the wines are put into Bellene barrels and the élevage is done by Nicolas at the Roche de Bellene facility.
ABOUT THE NAME BELLENE
The name comes from "Belenos," an ancient Gallic god of sun and beauty. It is the origin of the city name, Beaune, which was called "Belena" in Roman times, and "Bellene" in the Middle Ages.
Perfect with just about anything put in front of us, or nothing, from seared salmon to grilled filet mignon; havarti, edam, and gruyère cheeses included.