Maison Roche de Bellene, Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru ‘Champeaux’ 2013

£68.00 (75cl)

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SKU: BUBE0513B

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This fine 1er Cru site is located in the area of Gevrey-Chambertin known as the Côtes St. Jacques, near the top of the vineyard slope and adjacent to the Combes aux Moines 1er Cru. This particular wine is sourced from a tiny parcel of less than half a hectare. Vines 45 years old on average. Natural yeast. Matured in 35%-50% new French oak. Bottled without fining or filtration.

Tasting note

This vintage was extremely tormented by the climatic conditions with heavy rainfall throughout the cycle vegetative. Only August and September experienced favorable weather conditions. Hail ravaged the Volnay - Pommard - Beaune - Savigny Les Beaune sectors. However, with the experience of the previous vintage, winemaking was approached this campaign more calmly. Although yields are once again relatively low, the harvest has been magnificent.

About the producer

Maison Roche de Bellene is Nicolas Potel’s négociant business. Following several years work as a négociant, Nicolas set up this latest venture in 2008, sourcing grapes for his extensive range of wines from quality-minded growers, many of whom he has collaborated with for over 15 years and work in an environmentally respectful fashion. His current range, offering wines crafted from some of the finest vineyards in the Côte d’Or, is a ‘roll call’ of top crus and appellations. For Nicolas, his ‘Maison Roche de Bellene’ label represents the “haute couture” of Burgundy. The emphasis at Roche de Bellene is on individual terroirs from vieilles vignes (old vines – 40 years or older) that are farmed responsibly. All of the growers that Nicolas works with are either organically certified or farming according to the principles of lutte raisonée (“sustainable viticulture”). This enables Nicolas to consistently produce the expressive, terroir-driven wines that is his vision. Nicolas and his team work closely with the growers to make decisions about vineyard practices, crop thinning (“green harvest”), harvest dates and the fermentation procedure. As soon as the fermentations are complete, the wines are transferred to Bellene barrels with the élevage being carried out by Nicolas at his Roche de Bellene winery.



Burghound (burghound.com):

While hardly subtle in this case the wood application is a bit less prominent on the slightly riper red berry fruit, sauvage, tea and earth-scented nose. There is really lovely detail to the mineral-driven, delicious and solidly complex flavors that don't possess quite the same mid-palate concentration but even better length. I suspect this will harmonize faster than the Lavaut. Points 89-91. Issue: 58

Regions Vintage Report:

Hot on the heels of the very small 2012 vintage, comes another Burgundian crop with significantly reduced yields. The extremely difficult, and in many cases, devastating climatic conditions, once again tested the resolve and the skills of vignerons across the region. Those growers who are diligent throughout the year and who have an intimate understanding of their various vineyard plots have risen to the challenge, crafting some very fine, elegantly expressive Burgundy wines. The spring was unseasonably cold and wet with both April and May bringing high levels of rainfall and below average temperatures. Flowering was going to be delayed, disturbed and uneven. So it proved to be, especially as June’s weather was only marginally better. The potential size of the crop was already compromised. In July the weather did, at last, warm up but, sadly, with increased humidity and risk of mildew and storms. A hugely destructive hail storm on the 23rd of the month scythed its brutal path through parts of Meursault, Volnay, Pommard, Beaune, Savigny-lès-Beaune and Pernand-Vergelesses. In these villages, damage varied between 50-100%. This disaster followed the 70-90% loss in Volnay and Pommard in 2012! In August the humid conditions continued to prevail making vigilant vineyard work essential in order to combat the ever present threat of mildew. September, mercifully, brought several days of fine weather that helped the well-tended fruit to ripen sufficiently. The harvest began in earnest towards the end of month and continued well into October, some 2-3 weeks later than normal. Selecting the best picking dates was particularly critical this year, with different parcels reaching phenolic ripeness at different times, and to complicate matters further, when the desired level of ripeness did arrive, it arrived very quickly, especially in Chablis. The pressure and stress on the growers was intense juggling the wait for fruit maturity against the risk of autumn weather conditions deteriorating. This was not a vintage of blanket decisions. Likewise, diligent sorting of the fruit both in the vineyard and the cuverie was key to ultimate quality. Notwithstanding the enormous challenges faced by Burgundian growers this year, the resulting quality of the best wines of 2013 is impressive – an eloquent reflection of their efforts and skills. It is not, by any means, a consistent vintage. Only where hard graft and an intimate understanding of the terroir and vines have worked in tandem, have growers delivered a winning result. The finest white wines show plenty of vibrant fresh citrus fruit, with excellent balance, tension and poise. The best red wines offer fine aromatics, honesty, purity and elegance. The deft hand of the more sensitive winemakers has clearly adapted to the relative delicacy of the 2013 fruit. There is a distinctly appetising profile to many wines. The myriad of terroirs, that is so much a part of Burgundy, express themselves with clarity and finesse. 2013 may not be a vintage of intense structure and richness but its inherent restraint and precision allow the taster to savour many of the intriguing intricacies of wines from this most compelling of wine producing regions. There is less fruit weight than 2012 and less structure and scale than 2010. Some growers feel that 2013 can be compared to vintages like 2004 or 2007 but with more fruit and concentration, particularly for the white wines with their racy, linear profile, or maybe a cross between 2008/2011. In any case, the quality and style of 2013 will bring much pleasurable drinking over the short to medium term. In many instances we have managed to reduce our offer pricing this year, thanks to a restrained approach from a number of growers in tandem with a beneficial movement in the £/€ exchange rate. Christian Honorez & Neil Sommerfelt MW January 2015 ©adVINture 2020

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