Domaine de Bellene

Nicolas Potel no longer makes the wines that bear his name, he makes them at Domaine de Bellene and they’re superb. JONATHAN RAY, The Telegraphe

Potel is now an old hand in the Côte and it shows as the quality is excellent. Stylistically, if you’ve enjoyed the Potel wines in the past, there is no reason that you would not enjoy either variation of the Bellene wines as they are classic in the best sense of the term.  BURGHOUND

For those of you who are familiar with the Domaine de Bellene, the story of Nicolas is well-known. Since his foray into a Maison business bearing his name 20 years ago and then with the Domaine de Bellene he has always run counter to the crowd in Burgundy. His infectious energy is underpinned by a huge intellect and clarity of vision about what he wants his domaine and his wines to be. Nicolas has always worked with old-vine fruit and practiced a relatively minimal intervention regime in the cellars. The wines are what the vintage gives you; there are no tricks to reinvent the wine that didn’t come from the vineyard. Over the years tweaks have been made to this or that approach but generally the methodology has not wavered greatly. The increasing knowledge of the plots is one thing that we think is delivering better outcomes as well. MICHAEL MCNAMARA