Domaine de Bellene’s Côte de Nuits Villages from the 2018 vintage is a lovely wine. It opens to attractive and fragrant aromas of spice and blackcurrant, with an end note of smoke and cedar. It can only be Burgundy. The palate is medium bodied and more workmanlike with characters akin to red currants. This attractive wine is approachable now. Rating: Good to Very Good. Website: http://domainedebellene.com/. Reviewed: July 2020.
The “Le Vaucrain” vineyard is located in Comblanchien, one of the villages permitted to produce Côte de Nuits-Villages. The others are Fixin, Brochon, Premeaux and Corgoloin. The 2009 from Louis Jadot tasted here is more okay than amazing, but still pleasant enough to drink. Its aromas remind of blackcurrant with some pungent earth characters. The palate is medium bodied but quite acidic; it benefits from food. (Alc: 13.5%, Region: Côte de Nuits-Villages, Burgundy, Rating: Acceptable to Good, Drink: now)