2010 Clos de la Roche Maison Roche de Bellene

The Clos de la Roche from Roche de Bellene is a jaw-dropping grand cru with immense potential from the excellent 2010 vintage. The prestigious Grand Cru Clos de la Roche, sandwiched between Gevrey-Chambertin and Grand Cru Clos Saint-Denis, produces many of Morey-Saint-Denis’ most exciting wines. This is no exception, and the fact that its hails from the low-yielding and racy 2010 vintage makes it particularly eye-catching. Winemaker Nicolas Potel is one of the most respected and well-connected men in Burgundy, with a particular penchant for high quality old vines. This pays off in the bottle as, in terms of score to value ratio, this grand cru is very tough to beat. We just haven’t seen a better offer from Clos de la Roche for this vintage for some time.
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Average critic rating : 93.0 points



Polished and beautifully balanced even it's just slightly timid. Pretty mighty though. Opulent fruit. November 2011. www.jancisrobinson.com Drink 2017-2028.



Good deep red-ruby. Mocha, spices and earth on the nose, with suggestions of very ripe fruit; lower-toned than the Clos Saint-Denis. Round, layered and broad in the mouth, showing impressive volume leavened by a strong cardamom spiciness. Can't match the Clos Saint-Denis today for lift but this sexy wine is still a baby. Tannins are thoroughly buffered by mid-palate stuffing. January 2012. www.vinous.com

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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