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.
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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.
Bourgogne Chardonnay Cuvée Réserve
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 48 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.
Saint-Aubin Vieilles Vignes
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 Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes
Meursault is the largest village of the Côte de Beaune, with a history of winegrowing that dates back to the Romans. It is known for producing white wines that are softer and richer than the neighboring villages of Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet. This villages wine is from sustainably farmed vines that average 55 years old. It captures the full-bodied style of this famous village while maintaining an elegant texture and a fine structure.
Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes
Meursault is a large and prosperous village in the Côte de Beaune, producing mostly white wines. Although Meursault has no grand cru vineyards, the quality of it’s best premiers crus is rarely surpassed. Les Charmes is the biggest of the three major vineyards. It is situated on the border with Puligny-Montrachet, to the south, and produces the most forward wines, seductive even in their youth.
Bourgogne Pinot Noir Cuvée Réserve
The entry-level red Burgundy comes from vineyards in the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. The vines range in age from 30 to 80 years and are farmed sustainably. The major part of this wine is matured in barriques and the remainder is done in stainless steel. This maintains a pure style with bright fruit and a fine texture.
Côte de Nuits-Villages Vieilles Vignes
This characteristically light-bodied Côtes de Nuits-Villages has a very pretty, dark berry perfume that’s given added complexity through a blend of black currant, licorice, savory spice and a delicate touch of black pepper. The gentle attack unfolds with juicy, lifted fruit leading to a piquant, lingering finish.
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 20% new oak.
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.
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 (20% new oak). Firm, ripe tannins give the wine excellent aging potential.
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Champeaux
This premier cru site is in the area of Gevrey-Chambertin known as the Côtes St.-Jacques. It lies in the middle of the east-facing slope that rises up behind the village, and is adjacent to the Combes aux Moines premier cru. The soil is a jumble of red and brown clay, with rather thin topsoil, that produces pure, fruity wines. A basket of delicate flowers, with a hint of eucalyptus, the 2018 vintage clearly shows the cooler nature of the Champeaux climate. It has brooding depth and complexity on the palate, held aloft by a graceful balance of power and finesse. A very fine premier cru that will reward cellaring.
Corton Grand Cru, Le Rognet
The famous “Hill of Corton” is located in northern edge of the Côte de Beaune. Unique among Grand Crus, this appellation is further divided among numerous lieu-dits, which can be used on the label if the wine is from a single site. This vintage is from Le Rognet, which lies on the eastern slope of the hill, in the village of Ladoix-Serrigny. The upper third of this lieu-dit is used for Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne), while the mid-slope section is Corton rouge planted in well-drained reddish clay soil that has a high content of iron.
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.
ADDITIONAL LIMITED-PRODUCTION WHITE WINES
Meursault 1er Cru, Les Charmes
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru, Champ Gain
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