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Average critic rating : 93.0 points

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Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. The Clos Saint Denis Grand Cru 2011 has a very pure bouquet with intense black cherries, blackcurrant pastilles, crushed violets and crème de cassis: modern in style and beautifully executed. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannins. This feels plush and rounded in the mouth, and though there is not great depth, there is fine focus and harmony plus a very long tail on the finish with notes of blackberry, white pepper and a touch of sage. There is still some unresolved oak here, but give this 5 or 6 years in bottle and you will have a splendid Clos Saint Denis. eRobertParker.com.November, 2014

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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