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Maison Nicolas Potel

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domaine potel work in the vineyardMaison Nicolas Potel, negociant-eleveur of fine red and white Burgundy wines based in Nuits St. Georges, was established in 1998 following the death of Nicolas' father, Gérard, in 1997 and the subsequent sale of his Volnay estate Le Domaine de la Pousse d'Or. Nicolas had previously worked with various producers in Burgundy (Matrot in Meursault and the Domaines Roumier and Juillot) as well as in Australia for the estates of Moss Wood, Leeuwin, Wirra Wirra and Mount Mary and also for Tom Dehlinger in California. Following this period of "apprenticeship" he returned to Le Domaine de la Pousse d'Or for five years until his father's death. Nicolas' contacts and experience enabled him to source high quality grapes from some of the very best growers when launching his own business which expanded rapidly for four years until financial restrictions forced him to seek outside investment leading to the established negociants Cottin Freres buying the business with Nicolas remaining with the company until 2007.

 

Winemaking Philosophy of Maison Nicolas Potel

The winemaking philosophy of Maison Nicolas Potel is rooted in the idea of minimal intervention in both the vineyard and the winery. The overall concept is to work with what nature provides thus allowing for the true expression of the "terroir", that almost indefinable coalescence of grape variety, soil, geology, aspect and micro-climate which culminates in wines that have a character all of their own. It is the exact opposite of mass-produced wines that rely on a formula and instead requires an understanding of a vineyard's heritage and a knowledge of local terrain, weather patterns and the idiosyncrasies not only of particular grape varieties but also of specific clones to produce the best wine possible in any given year. Intimate knowledge of all these factors results in an almost empathic understanding of the terroir.

 

The Wines of Maison Nicolas Potel

view from cote de nuitsThe Burgundy wines of Maison Nicolas Potel are made with the two great grapes of this region, viz. Pinot Noir for red wines and Chardonnay for white wines. They comprise a wide range of village, premier cru and grand cru wines from Chablis in the north to Pouilly Fuissé and Saint-Véran in the southern-most out-post of wine-producing Burgundy in the Maconnais region. The heart of Burgundy, the Côte-d'Or, is well represented with the famous reds of the Côte de Nuits and the whites of the Côte de Beaune. Great names such as Chambertin, along with several other grand crus from the vineyards around Gevrey, Clos de la Roche from Morey St. Denis, Clos de Vougeot and Romanée Saint-Vivant are complemented by fine premier cru reds from Chambolle-Musigny, Nuits St. Georges and Vosne-Romanee. Village wines as well as those bearing the labels of the Côte de Nuits and the Hautes-Côte de Nuits complete the reds. The Côte de Beaune whites include grand crus from both Corton and Le Montrachet in Puligny, premier crus from Pommard, Meursault, Chassagne and Puligny with the range being completed with village wines from almost all of the notable wine-producing communes. A short distance to the south the wines of the Côte Chalonnais are to be found including the premier cru white wine of Montagny.

The wines in general are noted for the emphasis on the quality of the fruit which always takes centre stage. The current wine-maker Jean-Christophe Pascaud has continued to work according to Nicolas' philosophy and intervention is always kept to a minimum. Grape selection at harvest time is strictly enforced enabling the best wine from any given vineyard to be made each vintage. During fermentation the various cuvées are tasted two or three times a day to glean as much information as possible about the development of the wine-in-waiting. A gentle vertical press is used to run off the liquid which settles naturally before filling the barrels. During the wines' time in barrel a minimum amount of sulphur dioxide is used and the wines are not racked at all, the fine lees being allowed to settle for a period of between 12 and 16 months. Racking only takes place when the wine goes into the vats for the final blend before bottling when the wine is allowed to continue its slow development in the cellars.

The Cardinal's Cellar offers a variety of red and white Burgundies from the quality conscious negociant Maison Nicolas Potel.

 

Video: Tasting a Maison Nicolas Potel Wine

  1. Maison Nicolas Potel, Auxey-Duresses Blanc, 2006

    Maison Nicolas Potel, Auxey-Duresses Blanc, 2006

    A light gold white Burgundy boasting citrus, orange and fresh almond with a stylish bouquet. The good attack on the palate develops delicious floral, nut and mineral flavours.

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    Colour White Wine
    Grape Variety Chardonnay
    Country France

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  2. Maison Nicolas Potel, Morey-St-Denis, 2008

    Maison Nicolas Potel, Morey-St-Denis, 2008

    This village red Burgundy from Morey St. Denis is produced from the fruit of old vines with an average age of 50 years. Rich red fruits and black fruits, cocoa beans and toasted notes from the barrel ageing are also noticeable.

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Pinot Noir
    Country France

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  3. Maison Nicolas Potel, Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains, 2007

    Maison Nicolas Potel, Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains, 2007

    A big, complex nose of black fruits, red cherries, raspberries and minerals characterise this wine. With a clean yet concentrated palate this wine creates an immediate impression.

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Pinot Noir
    Country France

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  4. Maison Nicolas Potel, Santenay 1er Cru Clos Rousseau, 2006

    Maison Nicolas Potel, Santenay 1er Cru Clos Rousseau, 2006

    A mature 1er cru Santenay which is a deep red in colour with a complex nose of violets, gooseberries and black cherries. It is a complex wine which has great fruit concentration and a long finish.

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Pinot Noir
    Country France

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  5. Maison Nicolas Potel, Chablis 1er Cru, 2009

    With grapes picked by hand from only Premier Cru vineyards, this is a simply delicious premier cru Chablis from the 2009 vintage, pure and fresh, with rich, complex aromas starting to resemble those of a grand cru vineyard. The nose has lovely buttery notes along with grapefruit and orange peel.

    Details
    Colour White Wine
    Grape Variety Chardonnay
    Country France

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  6. Maison Nicolas Potel, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, 2005

    Maison Nicolas Potel, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, 2005

    This is the best year for Burgundy since records began and this Clos de la Roche from Maison Nicolas Potel is a winner. This simply outstanding wine gives expresses its famous terroir with precision and style. Notes of violets and fruits with breathtaking texture. A stunning red Burgundy.

    Details
    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Pinot Noir
    Country France

    Regular Price: £174.99

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  7. Maison Nicolas Potel, Gevrey-Chambertin, 2010

    Maison Nicolas Potel, Gevrey-Chambertin, 2010

    A very nice example of a village wine from the Côte de Nuits' most highly regarded appellation. Wines from Gevrey mature very nicely to reveal complexity both on the nose and palate.

    Details
    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Pinot Noir
    Country France

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  8. Maison Nicolas Potel, Montagny 1er Cru, 2006

    Maison Nicolas Potel, Montagny 1er Cru, 2006

    Maison Nicolas Potel's Montagny 1er Cru, 2006 is a really great white Burgundy with a good bit of age behind it and well matured flavours. It has a wonderfully expressive nose full of citrus notes, orange peel, fresh almonds but also hints of exotic fruits and vanilla. The colour is pale golden yellow still with greenish tints. This is a well-rounded, fresh white, a great match for any shellfish, oyster or poultry dish.

    Details
    Colour White Wine
    Grape Variety Chardonnay
    Country France

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  9. Maison Nicolas Potel, Nuits-St-Georges, 2011

    Maison Nicolas Potel, Nuits-St-Georges, 2011

    Well-structured, well-balanced and with a great capacity to age in the cellar, this big, powerful and complex Nuits-St-Georges 2001 vintage from Maison Nicolas Potel can be stowed away to mature or drunk now. Its power and complexity stands out alongside flavours of undergrowth, spice and liquorice coated with ripe dark fruits, red cherries and raspberries.

    Details
    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Pinot Noir
    Country France

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  10. Maison Nicolas Potel, Santenay, 1976

    A mature Pinot Noir from the 1976 vintage having a lovely ruby colour with an amber tint. The nose has spice, tobacco and fig notes and the wine attacks the palate with great flavours of dried fruit, blackberries and a hint of liquorice. Its complexity is due both to its great age and well-crafted nature.

    Details
    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Pinot Noir
    Country France

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