2011 Chambertin Clos de Beze Maison Roche de Bellene

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Average critic rating : 94.0 points



A strikingly complex nose offers up notes of menthol, a broad range of spice elements, earth, anise, plum, rose petal and ripe, cool and fresh wild red berry aromas, all of which are trimmed in admirably discreet wood notes. There is a restrained, intense and equally cool feel to middle weight flavors that exude a discreet minerality on the delicious, balanced and impressively persistent finish. Like the Griotte this is quite stylish and the overall sense of refinement is enhanced by the fine grain of the tannins which imparts a sense of accessibility though this will certainly be more than capable of rewarding extended cellaring. Tasted: Apr 15, 2014. Drink: 2023+



Intense very concentrated dark fruit nose. Very ripe but restrained – this is holding back. A bready character. On the palate this is more flamboyant with a sensual texture to it. Powerful and very long. A grand wine.

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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