L'Effraie Coteaux-du-Loir


100% Chenin Blanc. L`Effraie or "the owl”--in reference to local vineyard inhabitants--is a Coteaux du Loir sourced from Bellivière's "younger" non-Jasnières vines, which by their definition effectively means anything under 50 years old, some of them as young as 10 years old.  The collective yield is a modest 35 hl/ha. The parcels are scattered and generally on flinty, clay-limestone soils rich in tuffeau (soft limestone). They are farmed biodynamically and harvested by hand. The fruit is direct-pressed and barrel-fermented with native yeasts and minimal sulfur; the wine is aged in 1-to-3-year old barrels with a small proportion (1/4) of new oak for one year. Each parcel is vinified and aged separately and blended before bottling.

L'Effraie tends to finish chalky and dry, though there is always some residual sugar (28 grams/liter in 2015, a particularly ripe vintage); as with their other Chenins, the acidity and minerailty balance out the potential sweetness and give cut and structure to the wine.

92 points
"“The Owl.” Cool, tighter, and more austere than Bellivière’s wines from Jasnières. The fruit takes a step back. This is a rather salty, stony wine. Lithe and lean in the mouth, with lively acidity. Elegant, with good aging potential."
Jason Wilson,
Vinous Media
, July 2020

Product Line: 
Chenin Blanc
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