A masterclass with Monsieur Nicolas Potel @ Salt Grill @ Sky Bar, organized by Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin Singapore.
Monsieur Nicolas Potel, an exceptionally friendly, open minded, charming person with good sense of humor leads us through all the wines. Although all the wines presented in the masterclass (Domaine de Bellene /Maison Roche de Bellene) were still cask samples and only bottled for 2weeks, especially for the masterclass and not 100% of what they meant to be, they were all very promising and already display tons of class. I believed when the wines will be even better and more complete after completed their maturation in the barrel.
For the detail story of Domaine Nicolas Potel / Maison Nicolas Potel and how does Monsieur Nicolas Potel setting up with his new adventure: Domaine de Bellene and Maison Roche de Bellene, please refer to -> Domaine de Bellene from Burgundy-Report.com.
Monsieur Nicolas Potel mentioned that he will add as much info on the label as possible, such as harvest date, production, number of bottled, total production etc which I found very informative and valuable.
There were lots of hyped for 2009 in Burgundy, in fact, throughout the wine region in France such as Bordeaux, Rhone, Burgundy. All the wines tasted today has a very common character: great richness and concentration fruits that are perfectly ripe, pure, fresh and sweet and not being hot and heavy. Sufficient level of acidity to support the fruits to avoid flabbiness, given precision and focus. However, it is lower than 2005 vintage and while some of the wines tasted very tannic, but the tannin is sweet and ripe which will make 2009 a friendlier and more forward drinking compare to the 2005.
Monsieur Nicolas Potel loved new oak and thanks to the tremendous richness and concentration of fruits in 2009, there is no problem for the oak to fully integrated into the wine and certainly will not take very long time to do so. 2009 is not a classic vintage for sure and pretty fruits forward. While they can be drank young, they have all the balance, structure for long-term aging.
White is similar to the red -> does not lack of fruits (similar to the white from Louis Latour too). However, the acidity is also at the lower side, which will make them delicious when young but I’m not too sure how would it changed/aged in the bottle in mid-long term.
(p/s: Monsieur Nicolas Potel aka MNP at below.)
2009 Domaine de Bellene Savigny-lès-Beaune Blanc (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Savigny-lès-Beaune)
- Straw yellow display similar aromas with citrus, grapefruits, mineral and liquid rock, really quite good on the nose but the palate is a little bit over dose with oak resulted Whisky like bitter in flavor. A fresh, crisp white wine with short mineral finish.
2009 Maison Roche De Bellene Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Chenevottes (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru)
Commented by MNP :: Clay, very deep soil.
- This has really good focus and precise profile compare to the more round, and creamy profile with the Puligny. Focus, precise nose of perfume red floral, crisp mineral and crushed rock with cold ginger toned that bring out the freshness, cold aromas. Rich, but not as round as the mineral is kinda sharp, a touch of bitterness kick in along with creamy vanilla tones, short to medium length finish with some spices. This should show better with another 5yrs of age.
2009 Maison Roche De Bellene Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chalumeaux (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru)
Commented by MNP :: Limestone and located top of the hill. Rich in minerality.
- Very fine, polished aromas of creamy vanilla, lemon custard, pineapple, red apple with round mineral bring out the crisp freshness of the wine. Typical Puligny flavor profile with an array of spices, fresh herbs intermixed with sweet pineapple, green apple all framed up firmly with creamy vanilla oak. While the oak influence is quite heavy, there are these super rich fruits and ripe acidity that buffer it and hardly feel the heavy of the oak and emphasize on the transparency. Persistent juicy finish with mineral undertones and trace of heat. I prefer this over the Chassagne.
2009 Domaine de Bellene Nuits St. Georges Vieilles Vignes (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges)
Commented by MNP :: 22ha. Vines from 1892.
- Bright dark ruby. New bottling plasticky, rubbery tones with touch of greenish, ripe red and dark cherry nose. Quite a sweet entry with simple, easy ripe fruits and herbs. This wine is quite dry and austere, simple friendly finish with touch of oak that bring out the dark chocolate bitterness. While this is relatively simple, this need another 3-5yrs to come around.
2009 Maison Roche De Bellene Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Combes aux Moines (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru)
Commented by MNP :: From the coolest climate of Gevrey Chambertin.
- Cool climate that resulted in very nice vibrant ruby red with purplish hue. Well, this has the most expressive nose in this flight, mint, dark fruits and perfume floral that lifted by the orange tones all display in a superb focus profile with touch of wild factor. Lots of healthy red and dark cherry fruits hit on the palate and form the sappiness with new oak and spices, medium – high level of dry extract that almost coat the mouth but thanks to the richness and concentration of the fruits that you hardly feel the oak and tannic spine. Silky mouth feel and soft, subtle texture leads to medium length finish with spiced and touch of alcohol heat, milk chocolate too. A very good 1er Cru that is already showing well at this stage.
2009 Maison Roche De Bellene Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Malconsorts (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru)
Commented by MNP :: This will only bottled in June, 2011.
- This has the most reserve nose in this flight but still show it’s class with highly perfume aromas of rose syrup, red cherry, cola with heavy oaky background. This is definitely a monster, the sheer power that explode in the mouth and stain the palate immediately with the super high level of dry extract and this display a certain rough edge which I not sure will round up with bottle age. There are fruits, dark one, but impossible to surface at this stage as the palate is dominated by the structure and dry tannic backbone, but thanks to the acidity that keep the wine firm and precise. Medium length finish that is dry, and powerful too. I’m not too sure if this has enough fruits to fully absorb the oak and buffer the dry extract, but if it does, this need at least another 15yrs to get ready. Buy – Re-taste is needed.
2009 Maison Roche De Bellene Latricières-Chambertin (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru)
Commented by MNP :: From middle slope. Icon wine of Burgundy.
- After the powerful Malconsorts, I was worry that am I still able to taste the rest of the wines? My doubt is quickly clear as the wines that serve later are definitely live up to their Grand Cru status and even bigger structure and substances to burn. Very reserved and tight, focus and perfume nose with red and dark fruited aromas intermixed with mineral and a little bit of chalk. Structure is the first thing come to mind, sappy, complex, power, with high level of fine grained tannin and dry extract that stain the palate and almost coat the mouth too. Fine silky, detail finish with fresh, dark chocolate and coffee aftertaste. No doubt a very well made Grand Cru that build for the long haul.
2009 Maison Roche De Bellene Charmes-Chambertin (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru)
Commented by MNP :: Clay, deep soil. This has
- Reticent nose that is deep, least expressive with blue and red cherry, mineral background. This too is very tight as the Latricieres, good structure with mouth coating intensity along with rich and concentrated sweet dark fruits, wild factor that all tightly knit in the superb balance, tannic package. Well-define texture, juicy sweet persistent long finish that is quite austere, but the sense of elegance is there that draw a line with the Latricieres.
2009 Maison Roche De Bellene Clos de la Roche (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru)
Commented by MNP :: A big wine that is respect to the Terroir. Tight, ripe tannin.
- Wow, this is even broader on the nose with sense of wild factor that bring out by the game with cold minty red and dark fruits and heavy tones of soil. Punchy entry, layer and layer of rich fruits that explode in the mouth with firm structure, fine silky tannin that form a very smooth mouth feel that leads to very fine but kinda disjointed finish with milk chocolate after taste. Clearly this has tons of substances to burn, but the transition is not really smooth between the mid palate attack and the finish. But this is so fine and silky on the palate that I hardly feel this is a Clos de la Roche. A very good effort and when this emerge, will be something memorable.
- The most expressive, power but elegance wine in the range. The sense of coldness and elegance coldness that made me think this should be the BM in CM side? High tones perfume floral that is very seductive with complex aromas of roasted herb, red and blue cherries, and the distinctive coldness is what steal my heart. This has heavy influence of oak with layer and layer of fruits that is so rich and fine that completely buffer the oak and dry extract that form the superb smooth mouth feel and show off the great integration, well-definition and depth. Despite the enormous ripe fruits, the super lively acidity keep the wine in shape with super focus and precision and the perfume factor just fill up the mouth and carry on seamlessly to the fine, detail, juicy long finish that’s linger effortlessly. A great, great wine. I like! Buy – Yes.
2009 Maison Roche De Bellene Chambertin (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin Grand Cru)
- While this is not as expressive as the BM, this too is focus and deep, similar aromatic profile as the BM but added a little bit more lift with its orange acid, perfume red and dark fruits with touch of coffee and spiciness. Tannic entry and this is such a rich and concentrated wine that too stained the palate effortlessly together with the huge structure that dominate the palate and flavor profile that show great mid palate depth and complexity, very powerful. However, this has the similar issue with the CDLR that slightly disjointed, but finished with better persistent and longer though not as powerful as the mid palate can offer, but this also introduce the elegance factor to the wine with spicy, oaky and touch of mineral aftertaste.
- I was wondering why the Chambertin served before the Beze and when I saw the color, it is not hard to understand that the Beze is the most extract than any of the wine in the line up. Darkest ruby red, stunningly deep and complex nose of perfume floral, seductive sweet dark fruits with orange acid core the keep keep the wine in great precision and focus. The most powerful wine today, superb concentration of rich ripe fruits with enormous amount of dry extract as well as oak that form the most structure, complex, depth in today wine and what’s most impressive is all of the elements is so perfectly balance that you hardly feel heavy at all, and the ripe, lively acidity provide the precision and razor sharp focus of the wine. Finely texture, smooth detail finish that seems goes on and on and on. Terrific wine. Buy – Yes.