Domaine De Bellene
maison roche de bellene chambolle-musigny vieilles vignes 2020 750ml
Maison Roche de Bellene is the négociant label of Nicolas Potel, the well-known and highly regarded winemaker in Burgundy, also the mastermind behind Domaine de Bellene.
Founded in 2009, the emphasis at Roche de Bellene is on individual terroirs from Vieilles Vignes (old vines — 40 years or older) that are farmed responsibly. All of the growers that Nicolas works with are either certified organic or farming according to the principles of lutte raisonée (“sustainable viticulture”). This enables Nicolas to consistently produce the expressive, terroir-driven style that is his vision.
In addition to Maison Roche de Bellene, Nicolas launched a second project involving a range of older vintages under the label "Collection Bellenum". These rare wines are the result of a very strict selection of vintages released from the wine cellars by some of the most famous producers of Burgundy. The Bellene name origin comes from Bellenos, an ancient Gallic god of sun and beauty. The city of Beaune was first known as "Bellena" during the Roman times, followed by "Bellene" during the Middle Ages and eventually translated into Beaune.
The vines utilized in this bottling range in age between 50-70 years old, and sprawl across clay and limestone soils throughout Chambolle Musigny. The grapes are hand-harvested before a cool maceration for 7 days. Native yeast fermentation occurs in temperature-controlled stainless steel before the grapes are slowly and gently pressed. The wine undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation and is aged for 14 months in French oak barrels, of which 20% is new. The wine is bottled without fining or filtration.
Aromatically the wine gently lifts from the glass with notes of dusty, just-ripened red berries and wet bramble. On the palate, the wine is beautifully rounded with savory notes of dried meats, bright acidity, and a hint of baking spice.