2010 Maison Roche de Bellene Bourgogne Rouge Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1131329 90 points Wine Spectator

 *Smart Buy* - This rich red is filled with aromas and flavors of black cherry, violet and currant, with a silky texture. Suave and concentrated, the wine offers fine harmony and a lingering finish of earth and mineral. Drink now through 2019.  (4/2013)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 After leaving the employ of Cottin Frères several years ago, Nicolas Potel began with 1.2 ha and has enlarged the domaine portion of the operation to 22 ha; there is also a négociant operation called Maison Roche de Bellene. Potel observed that "As to the style of the wines, 2010 reminds me of 1991. The '10s aren't as powerful but they're actually better balanced and more persistent."

Wine & Spirits

 This comes from the 'Haute Couture negociant' project Nicolas Potel launched in 2008; it’s a wine that takes its Bourgogne appellation seriously and can use a few years of aging. Air brings out the scents of tart Morello cherries set into the sweet spice of tannins, gentle and rich.  (4/2013)

K&L Notes

Vines sourced for Roche de Bellene's Bourgogne Rouge is sourced from 56-88 year old vines planted on southeast-facing slopes of clay and limestone. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented on indigenous yeast before spending 15 months in French oak and finally being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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