Cotes de Beaune, France

Roger Belland and his daughter Julie represent the fifth and sixth generations of Belland vineyard owners and winemakers in the Cote d’Or. Dating back to 1839, the Domaine consists of 23 hectares across the communes of Les Maranges, Santenay, Puligny and Chassange Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay and Pommard. The family winery is located in the village of Santenay-la-Bas, and Roger holds the single largest parcel of Grand Cru Criots Batard Montrachet. The philosophy of the Domaine is to work early and intensively in the vineyard. Using no pesticides for over 20 years, the family ploughs the soil to control the weeds, while encouraging the roots to dig deeper. Shoots are thinned before bud-break for a naturally low yield that prevents the need for green harvesting, and leaves are thinned several times to attain good aeration and sunlight for the clusters. Grass is encouraged to grow between the rows to stimulate microbial activity that drastically limits the need for treatment of the vines. The result is maximum expression of “terroir”. With only perfectly ripe bunches, hand-cut from the vine, vinification takes place in a modern winery and ageing occurs in only the best oak barrels that are up to three years old. Employing a traditional winemaking process, all of Roger and Julie’s wines are spectacular and rare.
belland-beau-1er-13Santenay 1er Cru 'Beauregard'
Soils: rocky clay and limestone
Trellis system: 1 meter spacing, 10,500 vines per ha
Hectares/Acres: 3ha
Altitude: 350m
Exposure: SSE
Vines Planted: 1970
Yeast: ambient
Fermentation: 70% de-stemmed and fermented in stainless steel
Malolactic: full
Sulfur: yes
Filter: yes
Fining: yes
belland-chassmont-rougeChassagne Montrachet Rouge 1er Cru "Morgeot Clos Pitois"
Farming Practice: Lutte Raisonee
Soils: rocky clay and limestone
Trellis system: 1 meter spacing
Hectares/Acres: 1.5ha
Altitude: 301m
Exposure: SSE
Harvest technique: hand harvested
Vines Planted: 1958
Yeast: ambient
Fermentation: 100% de-stemmed and fermented in oak
Malolactic: full
Sulfur: yes
Filter: yes
Fining: yes
belland-chassmont-pitois-13Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Morgeot Clos Pitois"
Farming Practice: Lutte Raisonee
Soils: clay limestone
Trellis system: 1 meter spacing
Hectares/Acres: 1.5ha
Altitude: 303m
Exposure: SSE
Harvest technique: hand harvested
Vines Planted: 1958
Yeast: ambient
Fermentation: in barrels
Malolactic: full
Sulfur: yes
Filter: yes
Fining: yes