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This Week's TUESDAY Tasting

2014 and 2015 Bellene Burgundies
April 4, 2017

The talented Nicolas Potel has been making his own wines under the Bellene label for 10 years now. The Maison Bellene are purchased grapes or new wines from select growers with whom he has had a long relationship. Domaine Bellene  are his estate wines.

 

2014 is a strong vintage with balanced whites and reds that are centered and will be long lived. 2015 is already being hailed as a another vintage of the century, perhaps eclipsing even the great 2005s and 201s.

Both vintages are small, especially in terms of demand. The 2016 vintage was virtually destroyed by an untimely frost, so we expect that there will be at least a two year shortage of good burgundies and think that these wines will not be around for long.

We are offering these wines at one-time only reduced prices. All are limited in quantity and subject to prior sale.  

2014 Roche de Bellene Bourgogne Chardonnay VV 19.99; Mixed Case, 17.99; Case, 16.99

2014 Roche de Bellene St-Aubin  $31 Net

Wine Advocate – “an attractive, quite peachy, nectarine-tinged bouquet with good definition. The palate is well balanced with crisp apple and pear notes, not a complex village Cru, but fresh and tensile, with a touch of salinity on the finish. Drink over the next 2-3 years”. 

2014 Roche de Bellene Bourgogne Pinot Noir VV 18.99; Mixed Case, 17.09; Case, 16.14

2014 Roche de Bellene Volnay VV    $45 Net

Jancis Robinson “Very appetising, comfortable nose. Lots of fruit and pleasure. Super charming. Long”

2014 Roche de Bellene Gevrey-Chambertin VV   $47 Net

Burghound “beautifully complex with its airy array of very pretty red berries, spice, earth and discreet violet and lilac wisps. The sleek and intense medium weight flavors possess a polished mouth feel while delivering solid length on the discreetly mineral-driven finale. This is an inviting Gevrey villages that should drink well early on if desired yet reward 5 to 8 years of cellaring too.”

2014 Domaine de Bellene Beaune 1er Cru ‘Les Grèves’   $73 Net

Burghound  “a background whisper of wood sets off ripe and fresh aromas that include pungent earth, black cherry and plum scents. There is excellent volume and mid-palate density supporting the discreetly mineral-inflected flavors that exhibit a mildly dry but not bitter finish.”.

 

also direct from Burgundy

2015 Roche de Bellene Vosne-Romanée VV   $94 Net

2015 Roche de Bellene Corton Grand Cru  $117 Net

2015 Domaine de Bellene Beaune ‘Cuvée du Cinquantenaire’  $96 Net

2014s will arrive later this week; 2015s in mid summer

 

Order by phone at 617.367.8605, or reserve here: Order@federalwine.com

 

           - Len Rothenberg

 

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