January 19th 2017
Big bottles of red Burgundy are hard to find at the best of times and demand for these 2015s has been unprecedented, with many wines selling out within hours of release and very little remaining available.
Consequently, we are absolutely delighted to have secured additional parcels of six wines from Maison Roche de Bellene, all available in both magnum and jeroboam.
2015 has been a very successful vintage for Nicolas Potel. In the FT Jancis Robinson included De Bellene in her selection of producers of “Outstanding 2015 Red Burgundies”, who have been “particularly impressive across the board”.
Over the years his network of contacts has helped him build a kaleidoscopic array of the Côte d’Or’s greatest parcels in his négociant business.His skills as a winemaker and éleveur, plus his extensive knowledge and understanding of Burgundian wines, ensure Nicolas makes outstandingly good wines with all the best qualities of the vintage.
His 2015s have gorgeously ripe, fully integrated tannins combined with great balance and charm. The entry level cuvées epitomise pleasurable early-drinking Pinot, while his top cuvées have the intensity and structure to age for the long term.
Vosne Romanée Vieilles Vignes 2015
£190.00 per 6 bottles In Bond
£200.00 per 3 magnums In Bond
£150.00 per single jeroboam In Bond (300cl)
Rich, warm and silky, and very representative of this magnificent village in the Côte de Nuits. Sweet cherry fruits encircle a smooth body and lithe tannins. This has a long, fresh line of acidity on the finish. Drink 2018-2027
Chambolle Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2015
£210.00 per 6 bottles In Bond
£220.00 per 3 magnums In Bond
£165.00 per single jeroboam In Bond (300cl)
There is a bright purity to this wine’s cherried fruit. Nicolas commented that it reminds him of the 1990, and he anticipates it will not need a long time in cask. It was picked at the perfect pH and ripeness, and the freshness will sing through the juicy fruit from early on. Silky tannins and understated oak spiced fruit paint a detailed portrait of this beguiling village. Drink 2018-2025
Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Les Boudots 2015
£245.00 per 6 bottles In Bond
£255.00 per 3 magnums In Bond
£190.00 per single jeroboam In Bond (300cl)
This wine is a bruiser in its youth. Blue and black fruit characters dominate: blueberry, sloes, black cherries. There is a density to this wine with its abundance of ripe tannins, which gives the wine a structured fullness lasting right to the finish. Long ageing potential. Drink 2020-2032
Corton Grand Cru 2015
£260.00 per 6 bottles In Bond
£270.00 per 3 magnums In Bond
£205.00 per single jeroboam In Bond (300cl)
A muscular incarnation of this vineyard, the Bellène cellar always offers terrific value in this grand cru. There is a combination of crunchy red fruits and dark berry finesse on the back palate, with some noticeably chewy Côte de Beaune tannins. Drink 2018-2028
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St Jacques 2015
£275.00 per 6 bottles In Bond
£285.00 per 3 magnums In Bond
£210.00 per single jeroboam In Bond (300cl)
Capable of producing the acme of Gevrey wines, in Roche de Bellene’s 2015 this vineyard has produced a bewitching concoction of sweet compote fruit, cinnamon spice, and cranberry crunch, all hung around its architectural tannins. This may need some time in the cellar, but promises greatness. Drink 2020-2029
Echezeaux Grand Cru 2015 (Limited)
£645.00 per 6 bottles In Bond
£655.00 per 3 magnums In Bond
£460.00 per single jeroboam In Bond (300cl)
Échezeaux has triumphed in 2015. This example has the grand cru’s signature iodine/soy sauce tones blended with its equally distinctive feminine fluidity. There are great layers here, volume, depth, and power. It should stand the test of time, and develop fluently. Drink 2020-2032