Les Arches Confluence

2016

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).

 

93 points
"...made from organically-farmed chenin blanc vines in Bonnezeaux that the Nicolas family decided to harvest early and without botrytis to make a dry wine. It comes in at thirteen percent octane and offers up a beautiful bouquet of sweet quince, a touch of fresh pineapple, chalky soil tones, white lilies and a bit of lanolin in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with excellent chalk dusty soil tones, fine focus and grip and a long, complex and very promising finish. This is nicely racy on the backend and seems likely to age effortlessly for a couple of decades- at least. It will be interesting to see if it follows the pattern of Vouvray Sec for instance and closes down or a few years during adolescence, as I have no point of reference for dry and crystal clear chenin from Bonnezeaux! A very impressive bottle. 2018-2040."
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
, Issue #77

SKU/Code: 
DB8841-16
Product Line: 
Wine
White
Varietal: 
Chenin Blanc
Farming Type: 
Biodynamic