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Maison Roche de Bellene Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2018

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Winemaker Notes

Textbook Meursault from Nicolas Potel's Roche de Bellene micro-negociant operation. Emphasizes fruit and minerality over oakiness. High toned aromas of lemon rind, hazelnuts, fresh herbs and beeswax. Medium-bodied and tense on the palate, with bright acidity highlighting the citrus, oatmeal and nutty flavors. Great balance of fruit, acid, oak and earth. At its best with savory dishes like lobster, bay scallops, grilled swordfish or coq a vin.

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COMMENTARY: I always fly at the opportunity to get a Meursault into my glass, and the 2018 Maison Roche de Bellene Vieille Vignes is one of the tastiest I have tasted recently. TASTING NOTES: This wine comes right at you with aromas and flavors of ripe fruit and savory spices. Enjoy its slightly elevated palate with pounded and breaded, pan-fried abalone, and don't forget the wild mushrooms. (Tasted: August 27, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
TP 93
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Old vines have produced a lovely golden wine with sunny, fresh, rich, and tangy flavors; minerals, toasted oak, and elegant style add to the picture.
D 92
Produced from a 0.85-hectare old vine parcel that averages more than 50 years of age. Harvest got underway on 5 September, and the wine was fermented and aged for a year in cask (20% new) to deliver this wine with typical aromas of ripe apple, butter, and a touch of hazelnut. The texture is relatively rich and dense, yet there is enough freshness to carry it to a satisfyingly long finish.
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Maison Roche de Bellene, France
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Nicolas Potel, after his first steps as winemaker in the family Estate in Volnay: le Domaine de la Pousse d'Or, he built up his own negoce in 1996 then, in 2000, Maison Potel-Aviron in Beaujolais region. In 2005, Nicolas built up his own Estate, Domaine de Bellene, in Beaune with 15 Ha of organic vines in Côte de Beaune.

In 2008, after the departure from SAS Nicolas Potel company, Nicolas Potel launches his new negociant business called Maison Roche de Bellene. The philosophy is the same as Nicolas used to in Nuits-Saint-Georges: we have been keeping the same source of wines and the same relationship with growers that Nicolas have been working with the last 15 years. One extremely important difference from the past is the we are now only focusing on offering the finest wines, in limited cuvées in order to achieve our goal: being the only "Haute Couture" negociant in Burgundy.

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Meursault Wine

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Known to offer a magical balance of smoothness and freshness, Meursault's quality is hard to rival. The village lies in the middle of Côte de Beaune, just south of Volnay. Meursault is said to mean “mouse’s jump” because in the past the plots producing Pinot Noir and those producing Chardonnay were no more than a mouse’s jump from one another. Today the village is almost exclusively Chardonnay. A tiny bit of Pinot Noir is produced here with the best coming from Les Santenots on its northern side near Volnay.

While there are no Grands Crus, Meursault’s numerous acclaimed Premiers Crus can compete with any other top-notch white Burgundy. Some to know are Les Perrières, Les Genevrières, Les Charmes, Le Poruzot, Les Bouchères and Les Gouttes d’Or.

Meursault produces outstanding village level wines as well. In general great Premiers Crus and even village level Meursault (Chardonnay) have enticing aromas of lime peel, tropical fruit, crushed rocks, spice and hazelnut. On the palate there is a wonderful balance of brightness and a seductive length with flavors of white peach, pineapple and citrus.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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