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While running Maison Nicolas Potel in Nuits St Georges, Nicolas Potel set up his négociant company in 1997, the year after his father’s death and the sale of Domaine de la Pousse d’Or which Gérard Potel had been managing. Though his own business was taken over by the Cottin brothers of Maison Labouré-Roi in 2004, Nicolas continued to run the operation until 2009 while looking out for vineyard land of his own. In 2005 he was able to buy some vineyards (the former Domaine Carementrant, in Beaune) though 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. From the 2007 vintage Domaine Potel has been up and running in some marvellous old cellars, renovated to an ecologically admirable standard (‘Haute Qualité Environnementale'), on the Dijon road out of Beaune. Including some farming contracts, the domaine now comprises 22 hectares as below. The vineyards are being converted to organic farming, with some biodynamic elements. Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Wine Director and author of the award-winning Inside Burgundy comprehensive handbook.
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Nicolas Potel is still hard at work developing his domaine, where the wines are made under his general direction by the talented Sylvain Debord, a curly-haired wild child. More vineyards are being planted in St Romain and for a Crémant de Bourgogne project and there may be further vineyards coming aboard, depending on some farming contracts being discussed.
Bottle 6 x 75cl
Despite the reduced crop in Beaune and Savigny in particular, Nicolas Potel and Sylvain Debord have put together a beautiful range in 2013. The vintage reminds Nicolas a little bit of 2002. They began picking on 26th September, opted for minimal extraction during vinification, and used less in the way of whole bunch fermentation, except for the Premiers Crus in the Côte de Nuits.
Bottle 6 x 75cl