2019 Domaine de Bellene Saint Romain Blanc Vieilles Vignes

Burgundy, France

A textured and well-balanced Chardonnay from Saint Romain, one of Burgundy's best value appellations.



About the Wine

The grapes for the Domaine de Bellene Saint Romain Blanc Vieilles Vignes come from seven plots in the Saint-Romain commune, a small area west of the town of Beaune in Burgundy. All plots were planted between 1936 and 1975 on a variety of soils, such as chalk and clay, which help to contribute great minerality to the wines.

Like the other Domaine de Bellene whites, the Saint Romain Blanc Vieilles Vignes is pressed gently, yet it sees 25% new oak, and all of the wine went through malolactic fermentation. This is a well-balanced and concentrated Chardonnay with long length and a pleasant salinity, making it an ideal pairing for salty or oily foods.

About Domaine de Bellene

Domaine de Bellene (the old name for Beaune) was set up by Burgundy winemaker Nicolas Potel in 2005 and was originally named Domaine Nicolas Potel - this was changed to avoid confusion with the negociant business Maison Nicolas Potel. The Potel family became famous due to their ownership of Domaine de La Pousse d'Or. The Burgundians know how to confuse...

The winery is located in an historic building in the centre of Beaune and ur estate is set in very old and historical buildings bought in 2006, and located at street Faubourg Saint Nicolas in Beaune. Their 24 hectares of vineyards stretch across many appellations and are all focused on organic farming - Potel's goal is for Bellene to be Burgundy's first outright major organic Domaine.

They represent some of the best value Burgundies we've seen in a while.

Vigneron Nicolas Potel
Vigneron Nicolas Potel
Beaune, France
Additional Info

From the Producer

Seven plots of vines for this appellation. All mass selection, planted between 1930 and 1975. Located on the 3 slopes of Saint-Romain.

- Sous Roche, 3 adjoining plots facing south, very calcareous soil and very high maturity. Planted in 1958 and 1963 with a total area of ​​97 acres

- Chevrot, in the extension of the climate Sous Roche planted on 30 ares in 1962

- Sous le Chateau (34 acres), due east, more clayey and deep soil, plot planted in 1952

- La Perière with an area of ​​22 ares planted in 1966 on the other side, facing east and a terroir that returns to limestone which gives good minerality

Biological control since 2006 with very late maturities.

Very long and gentle pressing, settling for 2 days.

The musts are placed in barrels by gravity (demi-muids, 450l barrels, 228 liter barrels.)

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 14%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2027
Bottle Size : 750ml

Vigneron Nicolas Potel
Vigneron Nicolas Potel
Burgundy, France
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

"The 2019 Saint-Romain Village Blanc needs coaxing from the glass and eventually reveals light red apple, fresh pear and grassy aromas. The palate is well balanced with a waxy-textured opening, moderate levels of acidity and a touch of stem ginger and lemongrass that enlivens the finish. Enjoy this over the next 4–6 years." - Neal Martin (


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