A very sophisticated and refined style with beautifully pure red cherry fruit aromas. In the palate this is silky and harmonious whilst possessing structured intensity. A top flight Grand Cru in every way.
The 2012 Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru has a slightly earthier bouquet compared to some of the others encountered, but it remains well defined with citrus fruit and orange peel emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins. This is very pure and generous with a lush dark chocolate, mocha-tinged finish that is showing too much oak at present, but that will be absorbed with time. Seductive.
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.
Romanée-St-Vivant, which takes its name from the monastery of St-Vivant founded in c. 900, is a Grand Cru vineyard in Vosne-Romanée on the Côte de Nuits in Burgundy. It is the largest of Vosne-Romanée's six Grands Crus and produces red wine only. The vineyard is located on the slope tothe north of the town of Vosne-Romanée and is the nearest vineyard to this village. Romanée-Saint-Vivant's soils are deep and rich in clay and lime, which means the wines of Romanée-St-Vivant are usually lighter and less powerful than its neighbours'. Domaine de la Romanée Conti is the largest proprietor, owning over half of the area's 9.5 ha.