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 Wines

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.

WHITE WINES

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 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 Villages

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 (20% new oak) and captures the full, rich style of this famous village while maintaining 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.

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 (20% new oak).

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.

RED WINES

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 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.

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.

Vosne-Romanée Vieilles Vignes

Vosne-Romanée is the epicenter of elite Red Burgundy. Home to seven grands crus, there is no other village in Burgundy that combines such intensity of flavor with refinement of structure. Asian spice, cherries, raspberries are the hallmarks of this appellation. This is serious wine with an underlying structure and complexity from old vines.

Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes

Chambolle-Musigny is one of the most highly regarded villages of the Côtes de Nuits, revered for the elegant, delicately floral style of its wines. This wine is naturally fermented and spends 18 months in barrique. It is a bit more masculine and broadshouldered due to vines that range from 50 to 70 years old.

Volnay Premier Cru, Les Mitans

The “Mitans” premier cru climate lies mid-slope in the village of Volnay, which possibly explains the origin of the name (Mitans is Old French for “middle”). It is on the Pommard side of the village and has similar red clay and limestone subsoil, with a light-colored, stony topsoil. The wines combine the dense, earthy structure of Pommard with the aromatic elegance of Volnay.

Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru, Aux Boudots

An ideally situated premier cru, Aux Boudots is an east-facing site in the area that is north of the town. It is directly adjacent to the legendary Aux Malconsorts premier cru vineyard in Vosne-Romanée. Boudots makes striking, full-bodied wines that are sexy, spicy and high toned, yet full of the power and volume that Nuits-Saint-Georges is known for. Often referred to as an iron fist in a velvet glove.

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

Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru, La Garenne
Corton-Charlemange Grand Cru

ADDITIONAL LIMITED-PRODUCTION RED WINES

Chambolle-Musigny VV
Vosne-Romanée VV
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

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