- Maison Roche de Bellene
- Pinot Noir
- 2020 - 2028
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Goedhuis, July 2021
From fruit selected from 3 different sites in the appellation and vines between 60 to 75 years old, this is a beautiful example of the wines of Volnay. Vibrant brick red colour, full of juicy red fruit and cherry aromas. A fine balance between appellational charm with some tight drive and direction, the tannins provide both depth and body and the lift of sweet fruit on the finish gives a feeling of flesh and richness. Lovely. Drink 2021 – 2026
Goedhuis, December 2019
As always a wine which focuses on bright red fruits. An attractive supple style with the tannins very much in reserve. Soft, harmonious and easy.
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.
A red wine appellation only, wines from Volnay might be considered the most revered of southern Burgundy. They have been celebrated since the 18th century for their delicacy. But they are not fruit forward like those of Beaune or Chorey Lès Beaune nor have the brooding structure of Pommard.Instead, they have superb linearity, focus and poise while sheathed in velvety tannin. This slightly reticent personality comes out even more with a bit of age, though some can be approached very young. There are no grand cru vineyards in Volnay, but there are some excellent premier cru examples including Volnay Les Champans and Volnay Les Caillerets. Chardonnay grown in the shared Santenots vineyard must be labelled as Meursault.