Les Arches Confluence
100% Chenin Blanc. In order to face the challenges of multiple frost-afflicted vintages in the Coteaux du Loir, the Nicolas family has expanded their cellar and begun a new line of négoce wines under the "Les Arches de Bellivière" label in the 2016 vintage. From a like-minded grower in the Petits Bonnezeaux zone of Anjou, they were able to purchase and harvest biodynamically farmed Chenin Blanc for their new "Confluence" bottling. Though Bonnezeaux is known for sweet wines from botrytized grapes, this picking was of clean, healthy fruit expressly for the intended light, dry style of Confluence. The fruit was pressed on site and then transported to the Bellivière cellar, where it was racked off of the gross lees into old barrel and aged for 10 months (just like their estate Rosiers and Effraie Chenins).