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.
Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet is an enclave in the Chassagne section of Bâtard, on the Côte d'Or ofBurgundy. It is the only Grand Cru vineyard in Chassagne with and an annual production of around 800 cases. It covers only 1.57 hectares and so is rarely seen. Wines are similar in style to its counterparts, rich and well structured but are more fragrant.