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Average critic rating : 94.75 points



The oak regime here has been largely, if not completely, integrated as it allows the cool, pure and restrained wild red berry fruit nose that evidences plenty of stone and game influence. There is an excellent sense of underlying tension to the precise, intense and powerful mineral-driven big-bodied flavors that offer impressive length and very good depth. This is a fine, if not truly distinguished effort for the vintage. Tasted: Apr 15, 2014. Drink: 2023+



Even more restrained and more mineral than the Clos de beze but with huge power in the background. A cooler fruit character and more fragrance here and the texture is even silkier. A notch up. Very fine and very long and very complex. This again will need time: a sleeping Lion.

The highly respected Burgundian winemaker, Nicolas Potel, decided to launch his own negociant business in 1996 following the death of his father and subsequent sale of Domaine Pousse d’Or, which his father had been managing and where Potel had been learning make wine. In 2005, he created his own estate, Domaine de Bellene in the Cote de Beaune with 15 ha of organic vines. This was followed by the launch of his new negociant business, Maison Roche de Bellene, in 2008 when he departed from SAS Nicolas Potel Company.Potel’s philosophy is to focus on offering the finest wines in the Cote d’Or, concentrating mainly on the Cote de Nuits with the widest selection of Grand Crus in Burgundy.He has recently launched Collection Bellenum - a range of rare older vintages. Potel’s years as a fruit buyer for his negociant line makes him one of the best connected men in Burgundy. He is extremely passionate about old wines and through his contacts has gained access to the private reserves of some of the best growers in the region.Collection Bellenum is a parcel of these very special wines. Potel tasted over 1000 wines for the range, but selected only the finest 100 with vintages dating from 1959 to 2006.

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