Les P'tits Vélos NV
100% Chenin Blanc. P'tits Vélos is Bellivière's first commercial release of sparkling wine. Though the label does not indicate so, the wine in the bottle is from exclusively 2013 fruit; 2013 was a challenging vintage for full ripening that far north in the Loire Valley, in the Jasnières appellation, and the Nicolas family decided to make the best of the situation with a méthode champenoise wine. The fruit came from various ones of their 50-plus parcels of organically and biodynamically farmed vines. The wine spent 4 years on the lees before being disgorged in late 2017. It is a powerful, mineral style of sparkling wine that opens up aromatically with air and warmth.
The name translates literally to "small bicycles" but is a euphemistic reference to the wheels turning in winemaker Eric Nicolas's vigneron mind as he contemplates new ideas of how to go about things. The descriptor of "a pignon fixe" means "fixed-gear" on the back label is an extension of the cycling metaphor, and in Bellivière's case indicative of the use of the méthode traditionelle as opposed to the more "freewheeling" (en roue libre) style of pétillant naturel winemaking.