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, 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-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.
Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes
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 broad-shouldered than is typical for this village, due to the extra concentration from vines that range from 50 to 70 years old.
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.
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.
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 villages wine with an enhanced structure and complexity from old vines.
Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru
Clos de la Roche is one of the five outstanding Grand Cru appellations in the sleepy village of Morey-St-Denis, which lies between its two more-famous neighbors, Gevrey-Chambertin and Chambolle-Musigny. Covering 16.9 hectares (41.7 acres), this mid-slope site produces some of the greatest wines of the village, with a spicy, somewhat wild aromatic profile and a firm, linear structure that ensures ageability. This wine is from a half-acre parcel that Nicolas Potel has been working with since 1997.