2006 Corton Charlemagne Nicolas Potel

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£92.00 DP

Average critic rating : 90.0 points



2006 Corton Charlemagne displays site-typical fresh lime and chalk dust – along with wood smoke and resin – on the nose. Dense and ripe yet obviously mineral, it finishes with impressive intensity and length, if a faintly woody, phenolic roughness.||Nicolas Potel follows the same approach with Chardonnay as with Pinot Noir, sourcing with a strong favoritism toward old selection massale vines and organic viticulture, then handling and vinifying as gently as possible and bottling with low sulfur. His results in white (representing around 30% of his production) are not – thus far, at least – so strikingly successful as with Pinot Noir, but in 2006 he was not helped by the sheer ripeness of so much of his material, resulting in wines that are often exotic and marked by high alcohol. Potel began with the intention of barrel-fermenting all of his whites, explains cellar master Fabrice Lesne, but in the past two vintages he has moved toward tank fermentation of the larger lots and less prestigious appellations, because it was simply too difficult to simultaneously control the fermentative evolution of that many small barrels. Many of Potel’s 2006s (of which I tasted most, but not all) wore their new wood rather overtly, perhaps a part a legacy of going to barrel only post-fermentation, when the wine is less resistant. Wine Advocate.December, 2008

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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