Coteaux du Loir "Prémices"


100% Chenin Blanc. Certified-biodynamic Bellivière owns and farms 18 hectares across 60 parcels in 5 villages in the Jasnières and Coteaux-du-Loir appellations in this northernmost part of the Touraine. "Prémices" is a selection of the most fruit-forward, younger-vine barrels and is the first release in any given vintage. The fruit comes from vines ranging from 10-40 years old, planted on variations on flinty clay soils over tuffeau (soft limestone). Harvest is by hand. The bunches are direct-pressed into tank, where the juice settles overnight; it is moved by gravity into barrel and ferments with native yeasts and minimal sulfur. The wine ages in barrel for about a year. There is usually residual sugar, as fermentation is never pushed and stops short of dryness in this cool cellar and clime. The 2022 Prémices finished at a sec-tendre level of sweetness with 10 grams/liter of residual sugar (and 3.82 grams/liter of acidity). Starting in 2022, the wine is labeled as appellation Coteaux du Loir instead of Jasnières because it is now a combination of the two (and thus must read Coteaux du Loir per AOC law) in order to give the winery more flexibility in difficult vintages. 


92 points
"The 2021 le Clos Guillot from Domaine Baudry is an outstanding, classically styled young Chinon. Readers may recall that the family’s parcel in this great terroir were planted in 1993 and 2000, so they are just reaching their prime now. The bouquet is complex right out of the blocks, offering up scents of dark berries, cassis, tree bark, coffee bean, a beautifully complex base of soil tones, just a hint of oak from the wine’s one year’s worth of élevage in older barrels and a topnote of cigar smoke. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a beautiful core of fruit, superb soil signature and a long, ripely tannic and impeccably balanced finish. I love the backend lift and grip here, but this superb Chinon is going to demand some cellaring time to let these tannins start to fade. 203203-2080. 94. 2021 Chinon “les Mollières”- Domaine Bernard Baudry The single vineyard Chinon “les Mollières” was first bottled on its own by Matthieu Baudry in the 2020 vintage. This is a higher altitude vineyard on the western end of the appellation, with the soils a mix of yellow limestone and clay. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts and raised in cement vats for fifteen months. The 2021 les Mollières tips the scales at a svelte 12.5 percent octane in this vintage and offers up a superb bouquet of cassis, dark berries, tree bark, cigar smoke, juniper berries and a lovely base of soil tones. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and quite elegant in profile, with an excellent core of black fruit, impressive soil signature, finegrained tannins and a long, focused and impeccably balanced finish. This is an outstanding bottle of young Chinon and a superb new addition to the lineup chez Baudry. 2028-2065+. "
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
July 2024

Product Line: 
Chenin Blanc
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