Loire / White / Chenin Blanc / Organic, Biodynamic
Domaine de Belliviere
Coteau Du Loire, AOC, Loire
The "L'Effraie" cuvée comes from a blend of vines less than 50 years old. Each parcel is vinified separately using natural yeast in barrels before 1 year of ageing. The barrels are then assembled before bottling to form the cuvée. TEffortless and beautiful Chenin from one of our favourite producers.
Notes on the producer
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 but this is exactly what the do, rather well we may add. They started on the backfoot with losses of vineyards to frost and other things in the early 90's to build up to where they are now. They now have 14 hectares, scattered over 65 parcels within 6 villages. Chenin Blanc represents the vast majority of the Bellivière production. Grapes are diligently picked by hand and in the cellar, each parcel is vinified individually in barrels of various shapes and sizes, permitting Eric and his son Clément to make judicious blending choices each vintage. Fermentations are always done with native yeasts, and often they will not finish all of the grapes' sugars.