This Tuesday 9th from 6pm on, Pascaline will be behind the bar pouring some of here favorite wines, the superb Domaines de Bellivière and de la Roche Bleue! For those we are not familiar with the intricacy of this area of the Loire Valley, you want to attend this tasting!
In the words of David Lillie: ”Curnonsky, (1872 - 1956) Prince of Gastronomy, declared that "Jasnières is, three times each century, the greatest white wine in the world!" Happily, with global warming, this tiny appellation north of Tours now produces outstanding wines more often. The tiny appellations of Jasnières and Coteaux du Loir, each with only about 75 hectares of vines, are located on south facing hills along the Loir river north of Tours, on bedrock of Turonian limestone with, varied soils of clays with silex and sands with mica. (The Bellivière Cuvée Calligramme, for instance, includes parcels on 9 different soils!) Considered to have the best terroir and exposure, Jasnières consists of one undulating slope in the communes of Lhomme and Ruillé-sur-Loir and produces only white wines from Chenin Blanc, while the geographically larger Coteaux-du-Loir also produces reds and rosés primarily from Pineau d'Aunis, with small quantities of Gamay, Cot and Cabernet Franc as well. Although somewhat protected by forests to the north, the cool climate helps create vibrant dry wines, with firm acidity that cellar beautifully, and demi-sec and sweet wines that are beautifully balanced, though rarely produced. This bucolic and forgotten region became better known in the 1980s through the efforts of growers such as Joel Gigou and has recently attracted a small number of talented vignerons who have resurrected old vineyards and replanted abandoned hillsides, bringing Curnonsky's declaration back to life on a regular basis...
Domaine de Bellivière was created by Christine and Eric Nicolas in 1995 when they purchased La Ferme de Bellivière, (previously rented by Louis Derré) along with 3.5 hectares of vines. Currently with 7 hectares in Jasnières and 9 hectares in Coteaux-du-Loir, this intelligent and soft-spoken couple, now along with their son Clément, are the leaders in the region due to their inspired organic and biodynamic farming and their dedication to quality in every aspect of vineyard management and winemaking. All vineyard treatments are organic, careful plowing is done to protect soil fauna and minimal organic composts are applied. New plantings are by massale-selection from their old vines, vinifications are in barrel with wild yeasts, and their new cuverie permits all handling of the grapes and wine by gravity without pumping. Tastings with them have always been joyous discoveries with thoughtful commentary from both these exceptional vignerons.
Domaine de la Roche Bleue was established in 2008 by Sébastien Cornille, a native of Sancerre, with 3.5 hectares in Jasnières and 1.5 hectares in the Coteaux-du-Loir. Now totaling about 6.5 hectares, the estate is certified organic and operates with respect to the lunar calendar in the vines and in the cellar. Sébastien works the soils without deep plowing, harvests by hand, vinifies with wild yeasts without additives and uses minimal SO2. We met Sébastien "after hours" at our favorite organic/biodynamic trade show in Angers and were immediately impressed with his pure, expressive wines and with the focus and commitment of the vigneron”.
We will pour
Domaine de Bellivière Jasnières Calligramme 2015
Domaine de Bellivière Coteaux-du-Loir Vieilles Vignes Eparses 2005
Domaine de Bellivière Coteaux-du-Loir Rouge Gorge 2016
Domaine de la Roche Bleue Jasnières Sec 2017
Domaine de la Roche Bleue Jasnières Le Clos des Molières 2015
Domaine de la Roche Bleue Coteaux-du-Loir Belle D'Aunis 2017
You don't want to miss these jewels! See you on Tuesday!