Nicolas Potel is a young négociant in Burgundy. With his father, Gérard Potel, who was manager of a well-known domaine in Volnay, he began a négoce house in July 1996. Upon his father's sudden death in October 1997, Nicolas left the domaine and took over the négoce business full time. Potel's wines have some new world leanings. They are perhaps a good way for a new world pinot lover like me to explore Burgundy. Further, 2005 was a bit of a home run for red Burgs.
This 2005 Les Hautes Jarrons is from a premier cru in Savigny Les Beaune. This wine was young, but showed great promise. Very primary on opening. Lots of darkish fruit, almost syrah like. However, that is really short-lived; as the wine gets some air, it stiffens a bit. Nose becomes pleasantly smoky, with dark cherry notes. With food, the palate slowly reveals tea notes and crunchy red fruit, but it clamps down pretty hard on the back side. Nice, but I will revisit again in a couple of years.