Introducing Bellenos from Maison Roche de Bellene
This entry-level line of Coteaux Bourguignons wines is produced by Nicolas Potel at his Burgundy négociant company, Maison Roche de Bellene. The Gamay Noir fruit is sourced from old vines on granite soils in the Beaujolais region of southern Burgundy. Gamay is a grape from Burgundy that has existed since the 14th century. It is now planted elsewhere in France, but it is the granite slopes of southern Burgundy, between Mâcon and Lyon, that the variety expresses its full potential. Of the 35,000 hectares of Gamay planted around the world, 22,000 hectares are in this area.
The Coteaux Bourguignons (“Hills of Burgundy”) AOC is a new appellation created to showcase the classic taste of the entire Burgundy region, from south (Beaujolais) to north (Côte d’Or).
“Bellenos” Cuvée Blanc
This new Bellenos wine is a cuvée of pure Chardonnay from selected parcels in the Beaujolais area of southern Burgundy. Produced in the traditional style, with eight months of maturation on the fine lees (no new oak). It is a deliciously juicy, rounded white wine, with a silky texture and surprising depth. As with all the Bellenos wines, this is a fresh, fruit-forward “Vin de Plaisir” — a deliciously expressive wine for everyday enjoyment.
“Bellenos” Rosé of Gamay Noir
The Bellenos Rosé of Gamay Noir has vibrant red raspberry and cherry notes and the mineral inflection that is typical of the southern, Austral region of Burgundy. Gamay is a grape from Burgundy that has existed since the 14th century. It is now planted elsewhere in France, but it is the granite slopes of southern Burgundy, between Mâcon and Lyon, that the variety expresses its full potential.
“Bellenos” Cuvée Rouge
The Bellenos Cuvée Rouge is primarily from the Beaujolais area in southern Burgundy, where fruity, mineral-inflected Gamay is grown on granite soils. It is blended with finely structured Pinot Noir from the Côte d’Or in northern Burgundy.