8-bt Mixed Case: Combottes & Clos de la Roche, Collection Bellenum

8-bt Mixed Case: Combottes & Clos de la Roche, Collection Bellenum

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8-bt Mixed Case: Combottes & Clos de la Roche, Collection Bellenum

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This case comprises 1 bottle from each of two adjacent vineyards from the 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010 vintages.
The grand cru Clos de la Roche from Morey St Denis, and the 1er cru – though some feel it should be grand cru also – vineyard of Aux Combottes in Gevrey-Chambertin. Adjacent, but quite different! You have the choice of trying them in pairs, or enjoying a vertical of first one vineyard, then the other.
Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Combottes
1 x 2007
1 x 2008
1 x 2009
1 x 2010
Combottes looks on the map as if it should be a grand cru: it is sandwiched between Clos de la Roche to the south and the Gevrey-Chambertin grands crus to the north. There is a theory that politics played a part, since at the time of classification all the owners of Combottes came from Morey-St-Denis, so nobody in Gevrey-Chambertin was interested in pleading the vineyard’s cause. Another explanation is that Combottes was restricted to premier cru status because it lies in a dip compared to its grand cru neighbours. Either way, Aux Combottes makes a deliciously vibrant Gevrey-Chambertin with depth of fruit and classical structure.

Clos de la Roche
1 x 2007
1 x 2008
1 x 2009
1 x 2010
Clos de la Roche is quintessential Morey, its slight aromatic wildness differentiating it from a top Chambolle-Musigny, and its tight linear structure ensuring longevity. Clos de la Roche, has sinews, structure and density. The weight of the fruit appears very much towards the back of the palate, and is exceptionally persistent.
Jeremy Seysses of Domaine Dujac adds the following details: Clos de la Roche makes a brawnier, more muscular wine. On the nose, recurrent aromas include musk, nutmeg, iron, graphite and darker fruit than in Clos St Denis. On the palate, the tannins are always firmer and grainier, linen to Clos St-Denis’ silk. Clos de la Roche possesses a firm mineral core that generates much of its intensity as well as an initial austerity in its youth.

Notes on the Vintages
2007: a vintage that is all about the fruit, easily accessible now but not destined for the long haul – though they may surprise us as the 2000s have done.
2008: fine-boned and elegant, the 2008s show an exquisite purity of pinot, initially backed by a vibrant acidity which is now blending into the fruit. Becoming good to drink.
2009: a fine sunny summ
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Collection Bellenum

Collection Bellenum

As well as running his own wine property Domaine de Bellene and negociant company Maison Roche de Bellene, the ever resourceful Nicolas Potel has made a speciality out of sourcing parcels of older Burgundy wines from capable producers who have squirrelled away various gems from their best vineyards. Nicolas has got to know almost everybody in Burgundy during his twenty-five years of making wine.

"..I've now had two chances to taste wines from this unique collection of wines that have moved only once in their lives, from the original cellar to Potels....I'd say they magnificently reflect the reality of Burgundy in that they are very varied, provide a thoroughly useful overview of how different vintages are developing, and include some completely stunning wines that are not Grands Crus, not even Premiers Crus but are simple village wines. A 1959 Meursault and 1999 Volnay spring particularly to mind. "
(Jancis Robinson - Financial Times - 19-May-2012)

For an independent view of these wines, please see reports by Jancis Robinson (membership required) and Bill Nanson.

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Cote de Nuits

Cote de Nuits

Named after its principal village Nuits St Georges, the Côte de Nuits forms the northern half of Burgundy’s legendary Côte d’Or (‘golden slope’).It is a compact 20km strip running south from Dijon to Nuits St Georges with the best vineyards (Premiers Crus and Grands Crus) situated halfway up its slopes where the drainage, exposure and soils are at their best.

With 22 of the region’s 23 red Grand Crus, this is Pinot Noir country; most of Burgundy’s (and indeed the world’s) great Pinot Noirs are made here, along with a small number of high quality Chardonnays, including one tiny Grand Cru (Musigny). Quantities are minute, certainly compared with Bordeaux, and prices for the very best wines are thus high. Quantitatively however, the wines account for less than five percent of the region’s production.

It is the most northerly region in Europe making great red wines, and for that reason getting the Pinot Noir grape to ripen before the wet autumn sets in is always a challenge. In addition, the region is often hit by vicious hail and heavy rain during the growing season that can cause dilution and rot.

Along with the Côte de Beaune, it is the most elaborate classification in the world, where the influence of terroir is most keenly felt. It is also the most fragmented: Clos de Vougeot’s 50ha, for example, is split between more than 90 growers.

The wines express many different styles but in general are weightier, firmer and more deeply-coloured than their Côte de Beaune counterparts. Gevrey-Chambertin, Vougeot  and Nuits St Georges tend to produce more robust, masculine wines, while Chambolle-Musigny and Vosne-Romanée are all finesse and elegance.  

Côte de Nuit Villages wines can be made from a small number of villages, mostly in the far north and south of the Côte. They are usually red in colour, and are often good value. Hautes Côtes de Nuits is also mostly red and produced in the hinterland to the southwest of Nuits St Georges.  

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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