Maison Nicolas Potel was founded by Nicolas Potel in 1997 and is managed today in the spirit of its founder to source and vinify small lots of hand crafted wines from selected appellations throughout Burgundy’s Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits. All wines bearing the name “Nicolas Potel” are vinified in house (Maison”) from hand sorted old-vine parcels of grapes. No negociant wine is ever included in these exceptional wines. The cellars are contemporary to the extreme located in a “loft” hangar opposite the train station in Nuits St Georges. All vines are at least 35 years-old; the average age is 60. Selection massale vines are used, propagated from cuttings taken from selected, older vines. These vines are naturally self-regulating, with an optimal balance of vegetation to fruit, producing low yields of small, thick-skinned, concentrated grapes which result in wines of great personality and character. No acidification, enzymes, selected yeasts or added chemicals are used, and minimal sulfur. Aging on fine lees brings “more intensity of aromas” while there is minimal racking to avoid reduction. New oak is used judiciously. The goal is to “respect the terroir by natural winemaking.