This is bright ruby and positively bursting with the rich scent of cherries, redcurrants and cinnamon spice. Having not quite finished malolactic fermentation upon our tasting in November, the palate was harder to judge, but the future looks bright.
100% new oak. Barrel sample. This really is black almost to the rim. Smokily reductive and quite a charry character at the moment. An early phase of life. Moreish and dense but with a lightness of touch. So charry at the moment it is difficult to see beyond it. So dense, I can barely get to the heart of it. I have to use my imagination here but everything is here, just a bit awkward at the moment. Drink 2028-2040 (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.
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.