Named for the ancient Celtic god of the sun, Bellenos (pronounced buh-len-os) wines are the ideal introduction to Burgundy. Bright, charming, affordably priced and ready to drink, they are the delicious “yes” that answers the eternal question: “Can’t we drink Burgundy every day?”
The Bellenos wines are grown on the sunny slopes of the Coteaux Bourguignons (“Hillsides of Burgundy”) appellation. This new appellation was created to showcase the classic taste of the entire Burgundy region, from the Côte d’Or in the north to Beaujolais in the south. Produced by Nicolas Potel at his négociant company, Maison Roche de Bellene, the Bellenos cuvées are the graceful result of Burgundy’s cool yet sunny climate, noble terroir, and traditional grape varieties — all in the hands of heartfelt winemaking.
The Bellenos Cuvée Rouge is primarily from the Beaujolais area in the south of Burgundy, where fruity, mineral-inflected Gamay Noir is grown on granite soils. It is blended with finely structured Pinot Noir from the Côte d’Or in northern Burgundy. The result is a fresh, fruit-forward “Vin de Plaisir” — a deliciously expressive wine for everyday enjoyment.
Grape Varieties: Gamay and Pinot Noir
Vineyard Sources: Beaujolais (Gamay) Côte d’Or (Pinot Noir)
Soil type: Granite in Beaujolais; Clay and limestone in the Côte d’Or
Vinification: Whole-cluster maceration and pressing for the Gamay; brief cold soak and de-stemming for the Pinot Noir; traditional fermentation in open-top vats.
Elevage: Five months in 500-liter barrels (no new oak)
Wine Enthusiast 87 pts
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