Made by one of Burgundy’s most rock n roll winemakers, Nicolas Potel, this is a great introduction to one of the Côte de Nuits’s most adored villages. With brilliant bright red cherry characteristics, this is a lively wine with appealing freshness and depth. The 1er Cru Sentiers sits at the foot of Grand Cru Bonnes Mares.
The 2012 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers has an open fleshy very pure and elegant bouquet that is very seductive. The palate is underpinned by luscious red berry fruit and struck through with fine tannins. This all leads to a delicate, feminine finish that is finely crafted.
Light stem character, plus lots of crunchy red fruit. Mouth-watering, bright, dry and satisfying. A bit short and simple, but very enjoyable. Drink 2015-2024
Maison Roche de Bellene is Nicolas Potel's négociant company. Following huge changes with bigger and more interesting projects behind the scenes, Nicolas left his former business and took up permanent residence at his new Beaune chai. Here, he is focusing on his négociant wines that he is continuing from his previous portfolio as well as producing a selection of domaine wines (under Domaine de Bellene). We have never seen him happier. He chose the name ‘Bellene' in honour of the ancient Roman name for Beaune. To house his new spirit and wines, he is rebuilding a 14th century cellar with only natural, pure materials including organic chalk and hemp. Unique in the region, we have never seen anything like it.
The wines of Chambolle Musigny are like no other. They can be superbly delicate, yet mindblowingly complex. Of all the northern Burgundy appellations, they are the most ethereal, and as a result the most feminine. Most of the Chambolle Musigny vineyard area is encompassed in its Village and Premier Cru appellations including the robust Beaux Bruns, the splendidly mineral Le Cras and the poised yet powerful Les Amoureuses. It produces only two Grand Crus - the round and rich Bonnes Mares which it shares with Morey St. Dénis, as well as what could be described as the Stradivarius of grand crus, Musigny.