Introducing Bellenos from Maison Roche de Bellene

Named for the ancient Celtic god of the sun, Bellenos (pronounced buh-len-os) wines are the ideal introduction to Burgundy. Bright, charming, affordably priced and ready to drink, they are the delicious “yes” that answers the eternal question: “Can’t we drink Burgundy every day?”

All three of the Bellenos wines — Cuvée Blanc, Rosé of Gamay Noir, and Cuvée Rouge — are grown on the sunny slopes of the Coteaux Bourguignons (“Hillsides of Burgundy”) appellation. This new appellation was created to showcase the classic taste of the entire Burgundy region, from the Côte d’Or in the north to Beaujolais in the south. Produced by Nicolas Potel at his négociant company, Maison Roche de Bellene, the Bellenos cuvées are the graceful result of Burgundy’s cool yet sunny climate, noble terroir, and traditional grape varieties — all in the hands of heartfelt winemaking.

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The Wines

2018 “Bellenos” Cuvée Blanc

A deliciously fruit-forward, unoaked Chardonnay that captures the bright mineral character of Burgundy’s limestone soils. The Bellenos Cuvée Blanc is pure Chardonnay, sourced and blended from selected parcels in the Beaujolais area of southern Burgundy. Produced in the traditional style, with eight months of maturation on the fine lees, 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” Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Blanc

The newest addition to the Bellenos line, the Crémant Brut highlights the large diversity of Burgundy terroirs. This cuvée is a blend of all the traditional grape varieties grown in this prestigious region in order to combine a good minerality, backbone and fullness, as well as delicate fruit aromas. Produced according to the methode traditionelle, this wine has a lovely golden color. The nose reveals typical scents of exotic fruits with citrus overtones. On the palate, it showcases delicate white flowers and pastry aromas.

2020 “Bellenos” Heritage Red Blend

Fruit for the Bellenos Heritage Red Blend is sourced from the Beaujolais area in the south of Burgundy, where fruity, mineral-inflected Gamay Noir is grown on granite soils. It is blended with finely structured Pinot Noir from limestone soils. The result is a fresh, fruit-forward “Vin de Plaisir” — a deliciously expressive wine for everyday enjoyment.

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