Domaine de Bellene Bourgogne Rouge Maison Dieu Vielles Vignes 2018
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Leading winemaker Nicholas Potel has over delivered here in his quest to make quality bourgogne at an affordable price! As ‘natural’ as wine can be, 100% organic and biodynamic from 70+ year old vines! 13.5% Alc without any additions. This delightful medium weight rouge cascades red and blue fruit, exotic spice with plenty more complexity and depth for its level. Impressive offering … drinking beautifully now but will cellar for 3-5 years.
Domaine de Bellene is the latest instalment in the career of the talented and enterprising Nicolas Potel. Having grown and then sold his original micro-negociant (Maison Nicolas Potel) business in 2003, Potel has gradually been purchasing vineyard holdings to create what is now Domaine de Bellene. At the heart of the domaine are some of the great (and often under-appreciated) vineyards of Beaune, where the domaine boasts holdings in Greve 1er, Clos du Roi 1er, Pertuisots 1er, Teurons 1er and Perrieres 1er. In addition the now legendary Potel skill of knowing where to find great vineyard sites has extended the range to special plots in Savigny, Santenay, St Romain, Nuits St Georges (Villages and Chaignots) and Vosne Romanee (Quartiers and Suchots). All the sites are farmed organically at the least and where possible biodynamic principles are being employed. The vineyards are always based around old vines with an average minimum age of 70+ years and in the case of Greve 104 years old vines cover his small holding.
In the cellar, the wines are made without additions ie no enzymes, acidification, sugar other than nature which produces these fine pinot noir grapes. Letting the vineyard and the season express itself without excessive intervention from the hand of man is central to making wine here. The wines themselves offer an insight into the philosophical leanings of Potel; favouring purity and transparency over extraction, playing on emphasising terroir rather than simple fruit expression. The original penchant for the use of 100% stems has been tempered and now none are used for the lesser appellations, 50% for the mid-range cuvees and 100% for the top wines. Even then the thicker part of the stems is removed.
As part of this ambitious project he has also set about restoring a magnificent 16th century cellar close to the centre of Beaune using eco-principals (reclaimed timber, rain water catchment, hemp insulation etc) and all the wines have been made here since inception.
“There is just enough reduction to shave the highlights from the mostly earthy red berry fruit suffused nose; I would suggest decanting this for 30 minutes or so first if you’re going to try a bottle young. There is a slightly finer mouth feel to the attractively textured medium-bodied flavors that also display some youthful austerity on the less rustic, firmer and slightly more complex finale. This is a fine Bourgogne and well-worth a look.” Allen Meadows BURGHOUND
“These are stylish wines, very pure and caressing on the palate.” Neal Martin, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“Nicolas Potel no longer makes the wines that bear his name, he makes them at Domaine de Bellene and they’re superb.” Jonathan Ray, The Daily Telegraph, UK
Possibly the best Bourgogne Rouge to ever come out of the domaine. The generosity of the 2018 vintage has given the wine an extra degree of ripe supple fruit to what is always a cut above its contemporaries in that department. A mix of cherry and red fruits, mild spice fill the front and middle part of the palate before the persistent and ripe structure ensures the wine holds a little more seriousness than most at this station. I’ve cellared the Bourgogne in the past and like its “forbears” this wine will cellar but it is already a delicious and pliant Bourgogne should you wish to get stuck in.
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Winemaker Nicolas Potel spoke to BURGHOUND where he unequivocally described the 2018 vintage as “the best that I have ever made! But it wasn’t easy for a number of reasons, not the least of which was how fast the fruit was ripening just before the harvest and I was definitely worried that we might have excessive ripeness if we didn’t act swiftly. As such we did fully 11 consecutive days of ripeness testing leading up to the harvest and it was becoming rapidly clear that maturity levels were spiking. So I chose to begin picking on the 6th of September and we picked the 24 ha of domaine fruit in only 6 days thanks to having hired 110 harvesters! In hindsight I am very happy with the decision of when to pick and how fast to pick as I have never before brought in such beautiful fruit.” BURGHOUND
This is a wine that punches way above its appellation status. Richly textured and supple with plenty of darkly fruited and wonderfully appealing character. It becomes a good degree more lively towards the finish and the final wave of fruit is brighter as well. This is the entry into the Domaine de Bellene range and once again shows Nicolas Potel as an absolute master at finding amazing plots of fruit. You will not find a better value bottle of red burgundy.
RRP $56 Our Special Price when you buy 6 or more of this wine – $44.99
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