Maison Roche de Bellene
The New Collection of Burgundy from Nicolas Potel
Maison Roche de Bellene is the négociant (making wine with fruit from other growers) of Nicolas Potel, the well-known and highly regarded winemaker in Burgundy. Nicolas is an old friend of Ernst Loosen, and we are extremely happy to have him as part of our import portfolio.
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 BIO certified 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.
The range of Roche de Bellene wines includes a broad selection of Villages, Premier Cru and Grand Cru appellations from both the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits. The core U.S. import selection is shown here. For information about other Maison wines (available on a pre-arrival basis), as well as wines from the Domaine, please contact Loosen Bros. USA. Additional wines from Maison Roche de Bellene and Domaine de Bellene are available by special order.
“Bellenos” Cuvée Blanc
This new Bellenos cuvée is a blend of Chardonnay and Aligoté sourced from the Mâcon and Beaujolais areas of southern Burgundy. The result 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.
Bourgogne Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes
The entry-level white Burgundy comes from old-vine parcels in the Côte de Beaune and Côte Chalonnaise. The vines have an average age of 65 years and, as with all the wines, harvesting is done by hand. For this cuvée, about half is vinified in stainless steel and half in used oak barrels. This gives a nice balance of fresh fruit with a light touch of oak.
Saint-Véran Vieilles Vignes
The Saint-Véran appellation lies in the south of the Mâconnais region. It is split into two separate islands by its close relative Pouilly-Fuissé. Both occupy slopes forming part of the chain of hills to which the Rock of Solutré belongs. This rocky backbone is made of fossiliferous limestone of the Middle Jurassic. Only Chardonnay is grown in this appellation, producing dry wines that are well-rounded, with subtle fruit and floral aromas. They typically have a good acidity, which gives them a lively mineral character and refreshing finish.
This village is tucked out of the limelight in a side valley between Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet. A high proportion of the vineyard area is designated premier cru, and Chardonnay is the predominant grape variety. This appellation is especially well-known for its pleasing, affordable white wines that are similar to Puligny-Montrachet in their steely structure, only lacking a bit of the elegance and perfume.
Meursault Vieilles Vignes
This villages wine is from a 3.5-acre, sustainably farmed vineyard parcel in Meursault that was planted in 1947. It spends 15 months in barrel (40% new oak) and captures the full, rich style of this famous village while maintaining a fine structure.
Puligny-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes
A limited-production wine from old-vine parcels in the village of Puligny-Montrachet, renowned for the elegance and floral precision of its white wines. The wine is produced with natural yeast fermentation (the standard practice at Roche de Bellene) and is matured in large oak barrels.
Meursault Premier Cru, Les Charmes
Meursault is a large and prosperous village in the Côte de Beaune, producing mostly white wines. Although Meursault contains no grand cru vineyards, the quality of its best premiers crus is rarely surpassed. Les Charmes is the biggest of the three major vineyards and produces the most forward wines, seductive even in their youth.
“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.
Bourgogne Pinot Noir Vieilles Vignes
The entry-level red Burgundy comes from vineyards in the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. The vines range in age from 56 to 88 years and are farmed sustainably. The major part (80%) of this wine is matured in barriques (15% of which is new oak) and the remainder is done in stainless steel. This maintains a pure style with bright fruit and a fine texture.
Savigny-les-Beaune Vieilles Vignes
The village of Savigny-les-Beaune is in a side valley, a bit to the west of Beaune. This wine comes from a naturally low-yielding vineyard parcel that is 64 years old (planted in 1947). Gentle vinification with indigenous yeast and 14 months of barrel aging (30% new oak) give the wine a very fruity aroma and a broader structure that is typical of the somewhat more rustic style of this appellation.
Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes
From a two-acre parcel of old vines (planted in 1950) in one of the greatest villages of the Côtes de Nuits. Gevrey-Chambertin is prized for the full-flavored, earthy style of its wines, and that character is expertly captured here in this wine that is naturally fermented and spends 15 months in barrique (25% new oak). Firm, ripe tannins give the wine excellent aging potential.
Nuits-Saint-Georges Vieilles Vignes
This appellation lies on both sides of the town of Nuits-St-Georges, and incorporates the vineyards of neighboring Prémeaux-Prissey to the south. The wines are typically sturdy and long lived, although those from sites neighboring Vosne-Romanée to the north show the most fruit and elegance.
Volnay Vieilles Vignes
A pure, dark fruit wine from this highly regarded village in the Côte de Beaune, which lies between Pommard and Meursault. There is an extra dimension of richness from the very old vines, which were planted in 1934, and naturally produce a smaller, more concentrated crop. The wine spends 15 months in barrel, with 30% new oak.
ADDITIONAL WINES FROM MAISON ROCHE DE BELLENE
These limited-production wines from Maison Roche de Bellene are available on a pre-arrival basis. Please inquire about availability. LINK TO CONTACT PAGE
ADDITIONAL LIMITED-PRODUCTION WHITE WINES
Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru, La Garenne
Corton-Charlemange Grand Cru
ADDITIONAL LIMITED-PRODUCTION RED WINES
Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Champeaux
Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Lavaut St. Jacques
Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru, Aux Boudots
Volnay Premier Cru, Clos des Chênes
Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru, Les Beaux Monts
Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru, Les Suchots
Corton Grand Cru
Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
Echezeaux Grand Cru
Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru