Although a little closed at the time of tasting, this is a wine of huge potential and natural breeding. There is great texture and real feeling of layered fruit but as with all wines for the longer term, it just feels a bit reserved at the moment.
The 2012 Echézeaux Grand Cru has a very attractive bouquet with lively redcurrant and raspberry coulis scents emerging from the glass. The palate has a fresh, taut entry with fine, slightly brittle tannins. There is unquestionably commendable focus here, a little masculine with a linear finish, overall a "serious" grand cru that perhaps needs to show more charm.
Very sweet, round and rich with red cherry flavours – lots of energy. Suddenly finishes but pretty snazzy overall. Slightly sudden finish. Drink 2020-2035
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.