2008 Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru, Maison Roche de Bellene

2008 Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru, Maison Roche de Bellene

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2008 Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru, Maison Roche de Bellene

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This is one of those wines that shows its class from the very first sniff. Absolutely delicious, it has perfectly harmonious fruit, and the harmonious oak from high class barrels is in evidence too. It should drink well quite early on but stay the course.
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Maison Roche de Bellene

Maison Roche de Bellene

Nicolas Potel decided to set up his own négociant business after the death of his father in 1996 and the subsequent sale of Domaine Pousse d`Or which his father had been managing.

The Nicolas Potel label became an excellent source of predominantly red wines, from Bourgogne Rouge to the Grands Crus of the Cote de Nuits. His hallmark has been to make wines which respect both their vineyard provenance and the style of the vintage while remaining attractively priced.
 
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. Instead he has developed his own Domaine de Bellene and negociant business Maison Roche de Bellene in Beaune.
 
Maison Roche de Bellene has been thriving in its new setting, expanding white wine production with the same high standards and competitive pricing as the reds. An associated company is Collection Bellenum, a label Nicolas uses for sourcing parcels of older Burgundy wines from capable producers who have squirrelled away various gems from their best vineyards.

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Morey-Saint-Denis

Morey-Saint-Denis

Morey is sometimes ignored between its two famous neighbours, Chambolle-Musigny and Gevrey-Chambertin, but its wines are of equal class, combining elegance and structure. Morey-St Denis, being that little bit less famous, can often provide excellent value.

The four main Grand Cru vineyards continue in a line from those of Gevrey-Chambertin, with Clos St Denis and Clos de la Roche the most widely available. Clos des Lambrays (almost) and Clos de Tart (entirely) are monopolies of the domains which bear the same names.

Domaine Dujac and Domaine Ponsot also make rare white wines in Morey-St Denis.

  • 64 hectares of village Morey-St Denis
  • 33 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards (20 in all). Best vineyards include Les Charmes, Les Millandes, Clos de la Bussière, Les Monts Luisants
  • 40 hectares of Grand Cru vineyard. Clos de Tart, Clos des Lambrays, Clos de la Roche, Clos St Denis and a tiny part of Bonnes Mares
  • Recommended Producers: Dujac, Ponsot, Clos de Tart, Domaine des Lambrays

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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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Reviews

Customer reviews

The Wine Advocate90-91/100
Jancis18/20

Critic reviews

The Wine Advocate90-91/100
The Bellene 2008 Clos de la Roche (of which there is the impressive amount of seven barrels, all new) smells of red raspberries in fresh and confitured form, soy, caramel, and resin. Pure, juicy, sweet fruit along with soy, cherry pit and chalk accents come up against rather gum-numbing tannins on the palate and for all of the sheer length exhibited here the wine never lets you forget its 100% new oak. Still, there is a lot to like already; the potential for ten or a dozen years' reward in bottle; and the possibility - if less than a promise - of more finesse and complexity over time.
David Schildknecht - 29/06/2010 Read more
Jancis18/20
Bright crimson. Quite subtle and low key but really juicy and savoury. Wonderful undertow. Gentle, sweet and lovely juiciness. Very forward but very charming. Great stuff but note drinking dates! It may tighten up...?
(Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com - Jan 10) Read more