Domaine de Bellivière, 2010 Update
Eric Nicolas specialises in two of the most northerly appellations of the Loire Valley, these being Jasnières and the Coteaux du Loir (the masculine Loir being a small tributary of the feminine Loire). The style of wines produced here, both red and white, certainly reflect their origins.
The whites are pale-hued but vibrant, clean and with racy acidity. As such they are atypical examples of Loire Valley Chenin Blanc; although there are some traits that seem to run through both these wines and others that originate from the Touraine vineyards, there are many more differences. And they are a world away from what you might expect from an Anjou white. As for the reds, they too display their cool climate origins; coming from Pineau d’Aunis (there was also some Gamay up to the 2003 vintage) they are similarly pale and sometimes peppery, the latter a hallmark of Pineau.Please log in to continue reading: