Between 1998 and 2008 Nicolas Potel produced a vast range of attractive, well priced wines from across the Côte d’Or, concentrating on red wines at first but latterly building a portfolio of whites. Suffering from a lack of capital, he sold the business to the Cottin brothers of Labouré-Roi in 2004, continuing as before until he parted company with his new owners in spring 2009. At the time of writing the Cottin brothers, who own the name, plan to continue the enterprise with Nicolas’ winemaker, Fabrice Lesne. Nicolas however is making arrangements to develop a négociant business under another name. He began to operate his own wine domaine based in Beaune in Burgundy, from the 2007 vintage. This business is entirely independent of the Cottin brothers. The 2005 and 2006 crops were included in his négociant operation, then bottled as Domaine Nicolas Potel for 2007. The concern has been renamed Domaine de Bellene from the 2008 vintage onwards.. The domaine is based in some marvellous old cellars, renovated to an ecologically admirable standard (‘Haute Qualité Environnementale’), on the Dijon road out of Beaune. The vineyards are being converted to organic farming, with some biodynamic elements and now cover 22ha as below, with expansion into the Côte de Nuits. Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Wine Director and author of the award-winning Inside Burgundy comprehensive handbook.