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Shake-Up in Burgundy

Photo by: David Yellen

Posted: Mar 26, 2009 4:00pm ET

Reliable sources told me late yesterday that Nicolas Potel, who makes a négociant range of Burgundies under the same name, was fired from Labouré-Roi, the parent company and owners of the brand.

I was able to confirm that today, but am still awaiting additional facts. This is significant news, because Potel had grown his operation to about 80,000 cases of Burgundy each year.

The son of the late Gérard Potel, who managed Domaine de la Pousse d’Or in Volnay, Nicolas leveraged his contacts, particularly in the Côte de Beaune, into a négociant business focused on quality. In 2004, the Nicolas Potel name and business was acquired by Armand and Louis Cottin of Labouré-Roi.

Potel made traditional-style Burgundies, mostly red, vinifying the wines with minimal intervention. The premiers and grands crus labels reflected the individual terroirs they were sourced from.

I visited Potel in January and he was excited about the new vintage, 2007, as well as his own domaine, which he is about to launch. I’ll share more information about this story as it becomes available.

Kirk R Grant
Bangor, Maine —  March 28, 2009 7:53pm ET
I will look forward to his new project...whatever it may be. I have a few of his wines in my cellar and will be in a better position to buy more when I'm out of Grad school in a year.

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