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Goedhuis, January 2011
A dark and brooding Bonnes Mares that displays notes of treacle, liquorice and wild herbal notes. Despite its shadowy flavours, the texture is nothing short of pure polish and velvet. A fine wine with a Heathcliff spirit.
Neal Martin, January 2011,
This deeply impressive Bonnes-Mares has an introspective, tertiary bouquet with a touch of tea leaf and dark berries. The palate has a peppery entry, firm tannins, good grip but rather brusque towards the finish. This needs to calm down and discover the joie-de-vivre of true Bonnes-Mares. Tasted January 2011.
Burghound, April 2011,
In contrast to the expressiveness of the Amoureuses, this reserved and brooding effort is still highly complex with a layered mix of red and dark berry fruit aromas that are framed in a discreet application of wood. The moderately-sized flavors are supple, round and agreeable with good balance and excellent length if much more limited complexity than is displayed by the nose. While it’s possible that this will develop more depth with age, I prefer to remain conservative. 2019+.
Jancis Robinson, January 2011,
Mid crimson. Sweet, liqueur like. Lots of refreshment too. Not subtle. A bit of a jujube.
Tim Atkin, February 2011,
The best red from Nicolas Potel's new négociant business, this is wild, dense andsavoury with some stemmy whole bunch notes and smoky oak. Needs time to settle.
Maison Roche de Bellene
Son of the family who used to own the illustrious Domaine de la Pousse d’Or, Nicolas Potel set up his négociant label Maison Roche de Bellene in 2008. A Bourguignon through and through, Nicolas’ unrivalled local network of thoroughly reliable grower-suppliers allows him to source fruit from the most sought-after parcels in the Côte. He also produces a selection of domaine wines (under Domaine de Bellene). The emphasis remains to this day on well-sited venerable vines and viticulture and the Maison Roche de Bellene label is the superlative source of attractive, well-priced Burgundy wines. Nicolas chose the name ‘Bellene' in honour of the ancient Roman name for Beaune.
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.