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Domaine de Bellivière, 2022 Update

Every time I make the drive down from the north coast of France to my pied à terre south of Chinon, I am reminded of just how distant Jasnières and the Coteaux du Loir are from the main body of the Touraine appellations.

Heading south, I am still nearly an hour north of Tours (at autoroute speeds) and close to two hours from home when I cross the river Loir. For context, I can make the journey from my house near Chinon down to the vineyards of Muscadet (skirting the entirety of the Anjou vineyard) in just an hour and a half. This long distance is undoubtedly why the appellations strung along the banks of the Loir are among those I have visited least often.

Domaine de Bellivière

On the other hand, every time I taste the wines of Eric Nicholas of Domaine de Bellivière I am reminded of just how much potential there is in this northern outpost of the Loire Valley vineyard (and that I should be calling in here more frequently). Eric’s wines are nothing short of remarkable; his many cuvées of Chenin Blanc, of varying degrees of sweetness, come infused with tear-jerking minerality and heart-stopping acidities, which work together to give the wines the delineation and purity of cut crystal.

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