2011 Vosne Romanee Les Suchots Maison Roche de Bellene

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Average critic rating : 92.25 points



This is both riper and spicier than the Petit Monts with its seductive aromas of cassis and dark berries. The mouth feel of the mid-palate is also quite seductive with plenty of palate soaking extract and I like the volume and outstanding length though there is a very mild hint of dryness that appears to be due to the considerable gas. Still, this is one where you might wish to taste a bottle first before committing to quantity. Tasted: Apr 15, 2013. Drink: 2021+



This has a really lovely nose, plummy and fragrant. Some oak again here on the palate but not at all overdone – just very well done. Restrained and slightly reticent, with impressive depth and a great deal of character.

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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