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2009 Bellene, Bourgogne Rouge 'Maison Dieu' Vieilles VignesFeb. 2012
Medium, medium-plus colour. The mose has a hint of sweet, smoky, musky red fruits; it pulls you in for a sniff and then an exclamaition of ahhhh… In the mouth this is really round, sweet fruit, decent underlying acidity and even a hint of tannin. This is all puppy-fat today but I perceive steel below the surface. I would have drunk a little more but everyone-else liked it so much that I didn’t get the chance…
2008 Bellene, Bourgogne Rouge 'Maison Dieu' Vieilles VignesJul. 2010
The vines come from Nicolas’s father, the wine bottled in March. Deeper aromas of red fruit. The structure is a little more obvious here, slowly the fruit comes through to take over. Seems a stricter wine.
2008 Bellene, VolnayJul. 2010
From a single lieu-dit, only worked for 2 years in manner Nicolas would like, but he was happy enough with this vintage to include some stems. The nose is a little shy, but clearly pretty and floral. The width of flavour is very nice, the tannin edges just ahead of the fruit today – but it’s a good velvet texture.
2008 Bellene, Beaune Monte RougeJul. 2010
They have worked these vines since 2005. Really lovely aromas here – a real sniffer’s wine. The structure again delivers plenty of velvet and there is plenty of acidity, but the fruit flavour behind is really lovely.
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