Les Arches de Bellivière "Raisins Migrateurs"
100% Grenache. The Nicolas family has expanded their cellar to accomodate some wines made from purchased fruit, under the Les Arches de Bellivière label. Though southern Rhône is certainly a departure from their Loire roots, in fact Eric Nicolas spent years there training as an oenologist and recently came upon a like-minded, meticulous, biodynamic grower in Ventoux. From this farmer Bellivière now sources beautiful Grenache as part of a long-term contract; the Nicolases collaborate with him closely on harvest and have the fruit immediately refrigerator-trucked to their cellar for vinification. These raisins migrateurs or "migrant grapes" are destemmed and fermented in vat with natural yeasts. The wine is aged on its lees in used oak barrels for a year before bottling without fining or filtration.