Collection Bellenum is the third element in Nicolas Potel’s Burgundy empire. While Domaine de Bellene and Maison Roche de Bellene (his main domaine and négociant operations) take up much of his time, Collection Bellenum is a négociant project focused on one-off bottlings of mature wines.
Thanks to Potel’s extensive and prestigious network in the region, he has access to an extraordinary range of fine, mature Burgundy. When he discovers a back-vintage parcel that he deems worthy, he will secure it to bottle under his Collection Bellenum label. Only a fraction of the wines he tastes earn this honour.
He opens every bottle of these wines, tasting them (to ensure no oxidized or corked bottles), before blending them together in vat (thereby reducing bottle variation) and re-bottling under his Collection Bellenum label (with brand new corks).
The wines are priced incredibly affordably for mature Burgundy.