This vineyard is a king amongst kings. This year its nose is remarkably pretty, with scented violet notes tangled up amongst the dark cherries and blackberries. With supreme smoothness on the palate, the tannins are so effortlessly silken. Glossy and enticing.
100% new oak. Barrel sample. Dark crimson with darkest core. Dark and a touch charry on the nose. Succulent and utterly captivating with fragrant charm and a dry tannic finesse that is beautifully modulated with the fruit and freshness. Stunning now but so much more to come. So much juicy freshness even in a serious and long-term wine. Drink 2026-2042 (JH)
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.
Richebourg is one of the six Grand Cru vineyards in Vosne Romanée consisting of 8ha which is shared between 10 producers including Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Domaine Alain Hudelot-Noellat and Domaine Meo-Camuzet. Richebourg is based mainly on limestone deposits with some clay making the wines robust and voluptuous with a long life expectancy