Nicolas Potel is one of Burgundy’s most fascinating and talented winemakers. Burgundy born and bred, he travelled the world to gain experience at other domaines, both in Burgundy and beyond – gaining experience at the likes of Domaine Georges Roumier, Moss Wood, Mount Mary (both Australia) and Tom Dehlinger (California).
He returned to work with his father Gérard at the prestigious Domaine de la Pousse d’Or, taking over in 1997, before branching out on his own.
He created a négociant business, Nicolas Potel, in 1998, sourcing wine from some of Burgundy’s best addresses. He sold the company in 2002, and parted ways with the eponymous business – and the rights to his name – a few years later. In 2005, however, he created his new property, Domaine de Bellene, buying up plots of old vines in some of the region’s finest vineyards.
Today he has 18 hectares in total. He works across the entirety of the Côte d’Or, with vines that are all between 50 and 110 years old.
Since 2008, he has also operated a négociant arm under Maison Roche de Bellene, while also buying in mature wines that are sold under the Collection Bellenum label.