Impossible to separate from the Chambertin as this is yet another sensational Grand Cru wine. A more flamboyant style with fully rich and intensely spiced fruit flavours. This is juicy, creamy and succulent, verging on being irresistible.
The 2012 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru has a beautiful, vivacious, complex bouquet with superb mineralité - as good as some of the more "chichi" growers. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent, rounded, generous black fruit infused with spice and a touch of soot. Structured and finish broodier than the nose suggests, this is a superb Clos de Bèze that deserves respect.
Dense ruby. From two producers. Wonderful transparency. Lovely richness and yet freshness. Real race and gorgeousness. Racy. Drink 2020-2036
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.
Gevrey-Chambertin has more Grand Crus than any other appellation in Burgundy. Unusually wines from Clos de Beze may simply call themselves Chambertin, which is an indicator of the quality of these vineyards. One of the most complete of all the Grand Crus, rivalling the revered Romanee-Conti, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze wines are the pinnacle of Pinot Noir - fragrant, powerfully complex and intense.