2008 roche de bellene meursault vieilles vignes

15.6.2010billn

My first wine at home from Nicolas Potel’s new stable…

2008 Maison Roche de Bellene, Meursault Vieilles-Vignes
Medium yellow. A faint toast quickly lifts to leave a wide and deep, but never heavy, curtain of ripe but fresh, sweet fruit. In the mouth there is perfect acidity and a sweetness that comes from perfectly ripe fruit. Wide but essentially linear flavours just add a hint of extra creamy width in the mid-palate – there’s no obvious fat here. Good length with still a hint of sweetness. A bottle that on a warm summer day empties very quickly indeed…
Rebuy – Yes

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  1. Nigel Bruce20th June 2010 at 9:42 amPermalinkReply

    Bill,
    Just organised a couple of tasting qwith Nicolas Potel here in HK. His 2008s were stunning – esp. the grands crus Clos de la Roche, Bonnes Mares and Grands Echezeaux. His Santenay Champs Dessus 2007 was just delicious – and 2006 Corton Charlemagne sumptuous. A very friendly and communicative winemaker. He had quite a bit to say about premox – agreeing with the latest Burghound article (which I passed to him). Seems the wine being put in bottle lacks the “autoimmunity” conferred by oxidative elements – what you do with the the must seems to carry the secret.

    • billn20th June 2010 at 3:15 pmPermalinkReply

      Hi Nigel,
      Yes I also enjoyed my tour through his bottles and will order a few wines.

      The BIVB techies are strong on the lack of phenols from gentler pressing as a contributary factor, unfortunately some producers I speak to either disagree or have never heard of the BIVB conclusions. So no fix before the 2010 vintage as I see it…

      Cheers, Bill

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