"Les P'tits Vélos À Pignon Fixe" (2015/2017)


100% Chenin Blanc. P'tits Vélos is Bellivière's first and only sparkling Chenin. The first release was in 2019 and was made solely from 2013 estate with the méthode champenoise and 4 years sur lie. The second release in spring 2021 is a different wine, from what Eric and Christine Nicolas  refer to as a sort of solera system. They took barrels of still 2015 and 2017 wines (from biodynamically farmed estate Chenin Blanc from across their 50+ small parcels in Jasnières and the surrounding Coteaux du Loir), blended them in 2019 and bottled it with some 2018 sweet wine to promote secondary fermentation.  That wine spent a year sur lie in the bottle before disgorgement in November 2020.

The name P'tits Vélos translates literally to "small bicycles" but is a euphemistic reference to the wheels turning in vigneron Eric Nicolas's mind as he contemplates new ideas of how to go about things. The descriptor of "a pignon fixe" or "fixed-gear" on the back label is an extension of the cycling metaphor, a reference to Bellivière's use of the stricter méthode champenoise (traditionelle) as opposed to the more "freewheeling" (en roue libre) style of pétillant naturel or méthode ancienne winemaking.

91 points
"This is the second iteration of sparkling wine produced at Domaine de Bellivière. This is made from a solera of wines from the vintages of 2015 through 2017 (all chenin blanc) that were blended together in 2019 and given a touch of 2018 sweet wine to start the secondary fermentation. It was then given a year aging sur latte, disgorged in late 2020 and released this spring. The wine offers up a bright and complex nose of baked apple, quince, chalky soil tones, a bit of chenin “dustiness” and a topnote of orange peel. On the palate the wine is crisp, complex and full, with a good core and mineral drive, frothy mousse and a long, very nicely balanced finish. This has impressive backend lift and grip. 2021-2035."
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
, July 2021

Product Line: 
Chenin Blanc
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