A beautifully feminine style, with stunningly perfumed aromas of violets and blackberries. A really bright mouthfeel, with layers of purity. An absolute standout wine; refined, elegant and just pleading to be drunk. A great glass.
The 2014 Echézeaux Grand Cru, which was taken from cask, has a well-defined blackberry and cranberry scented bouquet, backward at the moment, a little pinched perhaps. The palate is medium-bodied with supple red berry fruit, a keen line of acidity and satisfying depth. There is a touch of spice towards the finish of this very decent, structured Echézeaux. Drink: 2019 - 2033. 90/100
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.
Perched between Morey-St-Denis and Chambolle-Musigny in the heart of the Cotes de Nuits this Grand Cru appellation can balance the best characteristics of both. Bonnes Mares wines combine fragrance and femininity with body and power. A seductive combination indeed.