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Domaine de Belliviere

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Located north of Tours in the northernmost part of the Loire valley, Eric Nicolas, and his wife Christine, have risen to prominence in the little known area of Jasnières and Coteaux du Loir. The 13 hectare estate, farmed Biodynamically since 2008, is spread across 16 parcels planted to Chenin Blanc and Pineau d’Aunis (aka Chenin Noir). Many of the vines are very old (some up to 100 years) and replanting is done using massalle selection at a very high density (13,000 vines per hectare). The harvest is entirely manual and yields are very low. This fundamental vineyard work has enabled Eric to build a natural resistance to pests and diseases that is continually improving. Soils are primarily flinty clays over tuffeaux (limestone), allowing the Chenin to express finesse, elegance and aromatic richness. All wines are fermented naturally by indigenous yeasts. White wines are fermented in 1-3 year old barrels and aged on their lees until bottling in September (sometimes up to 18 months when the potential of the vintage is high). Red wine vinification takes place in open vats which allow the cap to be pushed back down into the fermenting must. Malolactic fermentation occurs in one to two year old barrels followed by an additional 18 months of age before being racked and bottled unfiltered. The resulting wine is spicy and has a tension of bright and juicy red fruits with a remarkable density and creaminess on the palate, expressing the subtlety and aromatic finesse of the Pineau d’Aunis grape.



2013 Domaine de Belliviere ‘Le Rouge Gorge’ Coteaux du Loir

$49.95

Private order!

Le Rouge Gorge (robin) is a homage to this small bird which appears in spring. This wine celebrates the Pineau d'Aunis grape variety. We work on the basis of yields reaching maximum 25 hl/ha to obtain enough fruit even in difficult years.

APPELLATION:

- Red Coteaux du Loir.

GRAPE VARIETY: 

- 100% Pineau d’Aunis, vines aged 25 to 45 years.

SOIL (TERROIR): 

- Clayey and siliceous clay with flint on tuffeau (limestone). The soils with strong clays are favourable for reds.

VITICULTURE: 

- Ground works : ploughing, earthing-up and hoeing. No weed killers.

- Maximum yields 25 hl/ha. Manual harvest.

VINIFICATION: 

- One month in vat for alcoholic fermentation, breaking the cap, systematic blending of free run wine with press wine, natural malolactic fermentation in recent barrels. 

Maturing one year to 18 months. 

- The final balance is the work of nature.


  • Color Red
  • Case Size 6
  • Bottle Size 750 ml

2013 Domaine de Belliviere ‘Prémices’ Jasnieres Blanc Sec tendre

$31.95

Private Order

The « Prémices » cuvee is a new wine which we wanted to make very affordable. It allows people to get to know the estate's wines. The vines, which are in the process of being converted to organic methods, are treated with the same care as those going to make up out other cuvees. 

The first vintage was 2008.

APPELLATION:

- Jasnières. Dry white wine.

GRAPE VARIETY: 

- Chenin 100%. Vines being converted to organic methods of cultivation.

SOIL (TERROIR): 

- Clay with flint on tuffeau (limestone).

VITICULTURE: 

- Ground works : ploughing, earthing-up and hoeing. No weed killers.

- Maximum yields 40 hl/ha. Manual harvest.

VINIFICATION: 

- Vinified and aged exclusively in barrel.

- Aged 10 months.


  • Color White
  • Case Size 6
  • Bottle Size 750 ml

2013 Domaine de Belliviere ‘Vielles Vignes Eparses’ Coteaux du Loir Blanc Sec

$69.95

Limited

Vieilles Vignes Éparses (= "Sparse Old Vines") is produced from vines aged over 50 to 80 years.

APPELLATION:

- White Coteaux du Loir dry to medium dry (see info per vintage)

GRAPE VARIETY: 

- Chenin 100%. Old vines - over 50 years. 

Several parcels in several parishes.

SOIL (TERROIR): 

- Clay with flint on “tuffeau” (limestone). The presence of strong clays is less evident than for Les Rosiers, so there is a tendency to have finer soils.

VITICULTURE: 

- Ground works : ploughing, earthing-up and hoeing. No weed killers.

- Maximum yields 25 hl/ha. Manual harvest.

VINIFICATION: 

- Natural fermentation in 1-3 year old barrels with a small proportion (1/4) of new oak. Ageing one year minimum in barrel. The terroirs are separated and barrels are assembled before bottling to produce the cuvée.

- The final balance is the work of nature.


  • Color White
  • Case Size 6
  • Bottle Size 750 ml