Delicious, Fresh, “Refined” 2020 Red Burgundy

“Voluminous…refined…lovely mid-palate texture.” – Burghound

Roger Belland produces a dozen cuvées from around the southern end of the Côte d’Or, including from famous vineyards in Chassagne, Puligny, and Volnay. But it’s the wines of his hometown Santenay that often appeal to us most. Belland’s style is plump and juicy, with approachable tannins and beautiful aromatics – they never last long in our cellar or on a dinner table.

In 2020 his fruit-forward friendly style is even more on display than usual, and these are some of the most drinkable Belland reds we can remember. Belland has expertly balanced the lush ripe fruit of the vintage with clean freshness and stony precision. The result is friendly, delicious red Burgundy that’s at once complex and gulpable.

The Belland Santenay 1er Comme 2020 is fresh and vibrant, with exquisite floral notes and a fine mineral nose of stones and roses. Burghound found “violet, rose petal, black raspberry and cassis.” The mouth is sophisticated and detailed with excellent length. There’s classic juicy 2020 fruit, but it’s not a bit overripe and has begun to shed its youthful punch – the stony fruit is perfectly supported by careful tannins.


Belland Santenay 1er “la Comme” 2020
bottle price: $45

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