Domaine Belleville Mercurey 1er Cru l'Eveque Rouge 2018 750ml
Stunning value for money! Full body, sophisticated, and deliciously well balanced!
Decanter.com: "Domaine Belleville was purchased in 2017 by Denise Dupré and Mark Nunnelly – two American wine-lovers – and Jean-Luc Vitoux, an ex-wine law lawyer who was born in Champagne.
Although Dupré and Nunnelly reside in the US, they have many investments in the hospitality sector across France such as the Royal Champagne hotel in Champillon; Champagne house Leclerc Briant in Epernay; and the hotel/restaurant Le Chateau de la Commarine in Pommard.
Domaine Belleville comprises 10.5ha in Rully and 5.5ha in Mercurey, with a further 2ha of vineyards in Gevrey, Chambolle-Musigny, Puligny Montrachet and Santenay.
In total the estate owns holdings in six Rully Premier Cru, with an additional Premier Cru (Clos l’Evêque) in Mercurey. Four more Rully wines are bottled as separate lieu-dit, together with five lieu-dit from Mercurey. Vitoux notes that the estates objective is to focus on just one plot and to respect and express terroir diversity.
The team at Belleville is headed up by young winemaker Charles Nebout, an oenologist and son of a winegrower in Saint Pourçain. The estate is in the process of converting to organic, with the first ‘organic’ harvest taking place in 2018.
Other improvements are being made to aid the focus on terroir expression and quality. All white grapes are now transported from vineyard to winery in small boxes, before pressing and fermentation in stainless steel. Post-fermentation, white wines are generally aged for 8-12 months with a maximum of 25 barrels used. Red wines are nearly all destemmed, before 10-14 months ageing with 25-30% new wood. In total the estate produces around 100,000 bottles."
Tasted by Andy Howard MW(at London, 22 May 2020)
Part of 'Domaine Belleville: A new Burgundy name to look out for'
"A powerful, rich and spicy example of white 1er Cru Rully, this retains good freshness with a lovely ‘bite’ of acidity on the palate. Plenty of spicy oak compliments the stoned fruit and greengage characters. Although 14% this is a very enjoyable example which can be drunk young, or aged several years.
Drinking Window 2021 - 2025"