Domaine de Bellene Beaune Vieilles Vignes Cuvée du Cinquantenaire 2015

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney
Generous wood and menthol aromas stop short of dominating the ripe red cherry liqueur, spice and floral scents where a touch of volatile acidity lurks in the background. There is seriously good volume to the concentrated and powerful middle weight plus flavors that possess terrific richness on the robust, rustic and slightly chewy finish. This has everything it needs for a very long life. BURGHOUND
Nicolas calls this his homage to the great Barolo producer, Bartolo Mascarello. Why? He used to swap wine with him when he was alive and Bartolo often wondered aloud to Potel why he didn't just blend some of the vineyards together. To put it in context, Mascarello was/is one of the great traditionalist producers of Barolo and railed against the growing trend for single-vineyard bottling within his own region. 
Thinking about his advice from years ago Potel recently decided he would blend five 1er Cru vineyards from Beaune commune (the only one he now bottles separately being the Greves). The vineyards in question are Pertuisots, Perrieres, Cents Vignes, Reversees and Montee Rouge, it is to my mind, one of the wines of the range. The blend has made an infinitely more interesting and complete wine than any of the single components ever were. Blue and red fruit form the core of a middle weight and vibrant, wine. Ripe, full of energy with a line of beautiful austerity and minerality spearing through the centre. It's got lovely poise and balance, strong fruit aspect and superb mineral base. MICHAEL MCNAMARA