It is hard to think of a better value in Burgundy. Sadly with a number of brutal vintages, prices in Burgundy are going up yet again, so the 2020 vintage may be the end of the era of sub $30 burgundy. Fortunately we have gotten our hands on the remarkable 2019 vintage of Maison Roche de Bellene Bourgogne Rouge.
Roche de Bellene is the new label for Nicolas Potel. Nicolas is the son of Gerard Potel, who was largely responsible for the fame of Domaine Pousse d'Or in Volnay, as its winemaker. Before taking over the family business for his father, Nicolas travelled the world working at some incredible wineries
Nicolas’s travel started in Australia, at the Margaret River winery, with Moss WOOD – a pioneer in the high quality wines. Then, he came back to France, in order to work with Pierre MATROT at the Matrot winery, a winemaker he admired and appreciated. After this new experience, Nicolas POTEL headed back abroad again, to California, with Tom DEHLINGER the specialist of the Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley. He finally came back to France in order to work with Christophe ROUMIER at the Georges ROUMIER winery in Chambolle-Musigny. After 2 years in France, he planned 3 consecutive trips to Australia at the Mount Mary winery, considered as the Australian Romanée-Conti. There, he worked with John MIDDLETON and then moved to Western Australia at the Leeuwin Estate, the specialist of the Chardonnay.
Once back in France, he worked as a vineyard manager and developed organic agriculture at the family estate. Later Nicolas left Pousse d'Or and started Maison Nicolas Potel, which was a company he used to source fruit from other exceptional vineyards from around Burgundy. After building that label up to be one of the top negociants in Burgundy, Nicolas started Maison Roche de Bellene.
His 2019 Bourgogne Rouge is a blend of fruit from the villages of Pommard and Volnay.