2014 Domaine de Bellene Beaune 1er Cru 'Les Grèves'
Wine Advocate Maison Roche de Bellene, 2014 Domaine de Bellene Beaune 1er Cru 'Les Grèves'
"The 2014 Beaune 1er Cru Les Grèves has a pleasantly strict nose, a little tight at the moment with brambly red berry fruit, briary and sage. You have the feeling that this is holding something back for those with patience. The palate is medium-bodied with supple ripe tannin, quite saline in the mouth with the fruit becoming darker, maybe broodier towards the finish. This is a complex, mercurial Beaune Grèves that deserves a couple of years in bottle. Very fine. " –Jan-16
Vinous Maison Roche de Bellene, 2014 Domaine de Bellene Beaune 1er Cru 'Les Grèves'
"Medium red. Tight, cool aromas of black cherry, briary red berries, pepper and licorice. Tightly wound, savory and juicy, with dark cherry, leather and peppery spice flavors conveying a strong impression of Beaune terroir. A solid, fruity Beaune wine with good juicy definition. Tannins are firm and dusty but essentially fine-grained and the finish is persistent and alive."
Maison Roche de Bellene, 2014 Domaine de Bellene Beaune 1er Cru 'Les Grèves'
Planted in 1904, this is the only parcel that is still pruned in the old-style Cordon de Royat vine training method.
Les Grèves is named for its gravelly soils, which are based on limestone and provide excellent drainage for the vines. A lack of water and nutrients in the topsoil encourages deep root growth in order to reach hydration from the rock below. The soil makeup is often given as the reason for the weight and depth.
The wine undergoes whole-cluster fermentation with gentle pressing followed by 13 months of aging in barrique (66% new). (72 cs)