Jasnières Prémices, Domaine de Bellivière

JASN001
Bellivière’s entry-level chenin blanc is a selection of the most open and forward barrels from their younger vines (5-20yo) in Jasnières. The fruit comes from a range of sites on flinty clay soils over tuffeau,
Type:
Vintage:
2019
Size:
75cl
Main Grape:
Grape Mix:
100%
Style:
Dry
ABV:
12.5%
Region:
Country:
France
Sub Region:
Touraine
Sub Sub Region:
Jasnieres
Body:
Rich, rounded and full flavoured
Drinking Window:
Drink Now
Closure Type:
Cork
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£29.99
 

Domaine de Bellivière

Making biodynamic wines in the northernmost vineyards of the Loire requires determination, passionate commitment, and a cool temperament, as mother nature regularly brings frost, mildew, oidium, and hail. Losses in Jasnières and Coteaux-du-Loir, where harvests often take place during October, average 50% and even more in recent vintages like 2012, 13, 14 and 16. And although the Nicolas family’s Domaine de Bellivière has 18ha planted (with 75% chenin and 25% pineau d’aunis scattered over more than 70 parcels), Eric and his wife Christine never get to harvest the full surface. The couple started by renting 3.5ha in 1994 and lost everything to frost. The following year, they lost the vineyard altogether because the owner decided to take it back for himself. If it wasn't for the help of the late Louis Derré, their generous and kind-hearted neighbour, the domaine would probably not exist today. Louis was a retired vigneron at the time and he graciously introduced them to all his friends, many of whom happily leased their vines out. They gradually increased their holdings over the years, and in December 2015 were joined by their son Clément.

Tasting Notes

While it is the most open and giving white in their arsenal with its beautifully detailed orchard fruit and pear, it doesn’t lack complexity and shows a strong mineral print.

Vinification

Fermented in 5-8yo old 350ltr oak barrels and aged for ten months on average.