Big, powerful and generous, everything Chambertin should be. The naturally sweet loganberry fruit is enhanced by a fine freshness which carries the flavours through the structured layers. Generous and full, quite simply very delicious.
Seven pièces from two people who make Chambertin. They sell because Bellene pays more than they get on export markets. Very dark crimson. Making only the best. Sumptuous nose – very heady. Juicy and dense. Not the densest Chambertin. But very fresh. Treacle note and masses of acidity. Drink 2030-2050
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 lies well to the north of the Cote de Nuits. It has no less than 9 grand cru vineyards and the most famous of these is Chambertin. Often considered the greatest of all red Burgundies for its complexity, power and intensity, Chambertin's fine wines are unsurprisingly rare and are priced accordingly. They also need years to develop to their full potential, but are undoubtedly worth the wait.