Domaine de Bellene has been created in 2005 by Nicolas Potel after the purchase of various old vines in some of the best plots of Burgundy. Nowadays, our vineyards are situated in Santenay, Saint Romain, Volnay, Beaune, Nuits Saint Georges and Vosne Romanée. They are all vines from 50 to 110 years old. All our vines are grown with the biodynamic methods. We add no outside products to our wines, no acid, no cultured yeast, nutrients, enzymes, sugar... The domaine de Bellene is situated in the city center of Beaune in Burgundy. We are established in some very old buildings dating back to 1600. All the buildings have been renovated with a green spirit following the ”HQE” method.
The old vines in this densely planted vineyard date back 67 years. This wine has great concentration, tannins and juicy red fruits. Its structure emphasizes the straightforward character of Nuits-St.-Georges, so it will take time to mature.
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The new Domaine de Bellene was born in 2005, when some of the growers Nicolas Potel had been working with decided to stop their own production and proposed that he take over their vineyards. Nicolas saw this as the ideal opportunity to realize his long-held desire to control the entire production chain, from vineyard to market, in order to ensure the highest level of authenticity and quality.
In 2006, Nicolas acquired the Domaine buildings and began renovating them according to very strict environmental standards. Nicolas takes environmental responsibility very seriously and it is integrated into all aspects of the estate: buildings, vineyards, cellar work, energy conservation and generation, and packaging materials.
In the cellar, vinification is minimalist. Fermentation starts naturally, with indigenous yeasts. No enzymes, cultured yeasts or acid adjustments are used and filtration is avoided. During fermentation, no artificial light is allowed in order to minimize the loss of beneficial, light-sensitive compounds, such as resvératrol.
Nicolas Potel's goal at Domaine de Bellene is to produce pure, characterful wines that are clear expressions of their classic Burgundy terroirs. And he wants to do this in a way that works with nature as much as possible, with minimal impact on the land and the environment.