Domaine de Bellene
Nicolas Potel's New Burgundy Domaine
The new Domaine de Bellene was born in 2005, when some of the growers Nicolas Potel had been working with decided to stop their own production and proposed that he take over their vineyards. Nicolas saw this as the ideal opportunity to realize his long-held desire to control the entire production chain, from vineyard to market, in order to ensure the highest level of authenticity and quality.
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Note: The range of Domaine de Bellene wines includes a selection of Villages and Premier Cru appellations from the Côte d’Or. The core U.S import selection is shown here. Additional wines from Domaine de Bellene are available by special order – see below. For information about these other Domaine wines, please contact us.
This wine is from three different villages vineyards in Savigny-lès-Beaune: Les Planchots, Aux Champs des Pruniers and Dessus de Vermots. These parcels were acquired by the Domaine in 2005 and 2006, and were immediately converted to organic viticulture to restore the vitality and potential of the moderately old vines.
Santenay Les Charmes Dessus
This climat is just beneath the premier cru Clos Rousseau in Santenay, the southernmost village of the Côte d’Or. The vineyard is located in a flat area between two hills that typically gets a small amount of botrytis (less than 5%), which adds to the aromatic complexity of the wine.
Beaune Premier Cru, Les Perrières
This is our second vintage from a tiny parcel of Beaune Les Perrières that the Domaine acquired and replanted in 2013. Located on a relatively steep slope, Les Perrières has thin, stony top soil that yields the focused style of Chardonnay that Bellene favors.
Meursault, Les Forges
We have harvested this plot, planted in 1966, for six years now. It’s a gently sloping vineyard on a clay-limestone soil. The southern exposure of the vineyard guarantees excellent ripeness in the fruit, and the vines provide many grapes with millerandage and small compact bunches.
Savigny-les-Beaune Vieilles Vignes
This cuvée is a blend of three parcels located very close to our Savigny-lès-Beaune Chardonnay parcels. All three vineyards are more than 60 years old and were converted to organic viticulture when they were acquired by the Domaine in 2005 and 2006. The wines are round and fruity, with soft tannins and a mix of red fruit flavors.
Nuits-Saint-Georges Vieilles Vignes
The small town of Nuits-Saint-Georges lies at the epicenter of the Côtes de Nuits, just south of Vosne-Romanée. There are no grands crus, but a number of excellent premier crus. This wine is from four organically farmed parcels located on the northern side of Nuits-St.-Georges, near Vosne-Romanée, where a more fruit-driven, silky style of wine is produced.
Beaune Premier Cru, Hommage à Françoise Potel
This is a special blend of five premier cru sites in Beaune, dedicated to the memory of Nicolas Potel’s mother. This cuvée was originally introduced in 2014, as Cuvée du Cinquantenaire, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Nicolas’s father, the revered Gérard Potel, who started at Domaine de la Pousse d’Or in 1964.
Beaune Premier Cru, Les Grèves
To our knowledge these are the oldest vines to be found in the Beaune appellation, planted in 1904. This is the only parcel we have that is still pruned in the old-style Cordon de Royat vine training method. The vines are so old here that we decided to stop working with machines and now everything is done by hand (and horse!).
Vosne-Romanée, Les Quartiers de Nuits
The villages lieu-dit, Les Quartiers de Nuits, is located in the lowest part of Echézeaux, and is directly adjacent to Clos de Vougeot. It has east-southeast exposure and relatively heavy soil. The Domaine’s parcel was planted in 1927.
Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru, Les Suchots
This parcel, covering 21.5 ares, was planted in 1937 and lies just next to La Romanée Saint Vivant. The vineyard is south-faced and results from a massal selection. The yield produced by this plot is similar to a Grand Cru (34 hl/ha). Since it has been part of the Domaine, the vineyard has been farmed following an organic method.
ADDITIONAL WINES FROM DOMAINE DE BELLENE
These limited-production wines from Domaine de Bellene are available on a pre-arrival basis. Please contact us. about availability.
Limited Production White Wines
Saint-Romain Vieilles Vignes (blanc)
Limited Production Red Wines
Saint-Romain Vieilles Vignes (rouge)
Beaune Premier Cru, Clos du Roi
Beaune Premier Cru, Les Teurons
Savigny-les-Beaune Premier Cru, Les Hauts Jarrons
Savigny-les-Beaune Premier Cru, Les Peuillets