Échezeaux has triumphed in 2015. This example has the grand cru’s signature iodine/soy sauce tones blended with its equally distinctive feminine fluidity. There are great layers here, volume, depth, and power. It should stand the test of time, and develop fluently.
This is both spicier and somewhat more expressive as well with its plummy aromas of tea, anise, clove, sandalwood and cassis. There is a rounder and much more seductive mouthfeel to the sappy and velvet-textured flavors that deliver fine length and reasonably good complexity for such a young wine. This is lovely and generous yet underneath the baby fat is a firm core of ripe tannins so this should age very well over the next 12 to 15 years. Drink 2027+
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.