2011 Nuits St Georges Les Boudots Maison Roche de Bellene



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£454.00
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Average critic rating : 87.0 points

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This was generously wooded from cask and it remains noticeably oaked as the makeup fights with the otherwise fresh essence of red berry fruit aromas and it shows up as well on the tautly muscular extract-rich middle weight flavors that possess good volume and punch, all wrapped in an oak-infused finish that displays a hint of wood toast bitterness. While this may harmonize with time in bottle, my instincts are such that it is likely to always be marked by the oak. Note that optimists could risk aging it but I would be inclined to drink it young. Tasted: Apr 15, 2014. Drink: 2015+

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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