Jasnières "Prémices"

2019
France
Loire

100% Chenin Blanc. Prémices is Bellivière's opening Chenin Blanc, a Jasnières which was originally made from fruit from vines in conversion to biodynamic farming after Eric and Christine Nicolas's aquisition of the Bellivière estate. Since the whole estate is now fully converted to biodynamics, Prémices has evolved into being a barrel selection of the most fruit-forward of the Jasnières--so it remains the first released and the most approachable and straightforward in its youth. The fruit comes from a range of estate parcels on flinty clay soils over tuffeau (limestone). It is harvested manually, direct-pressed and fermented in barrel with native yeasts and minimal sulfur; it is aged an average of 10 months in used barrels. 

 

93 points
"The Jasnières “Prémices” from Eric and Clément Nicolas is made from a barrel selection of their Jasnières in the cellar, with the casks that are more forward in personality earmarked for this bottling. Like all of the bottlings from Domaine de Bellivière these days, the Nicolas family allows the style of the vintage to dictate the level of sweetness of the cuvée. Their 2019 Prémices is outstanding, done in a light moelleux style in this vintage and offering up a bright and complex bouquet of pear, sweet quince, a hint of tangerine, chalky soil tones, honeycomb and a topnote of white flowers. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and complex, with a superb core, lovely soil undertow, zesty acids and a long, beautifully balanced and very classy finish. This is a gorgeous wine. 2021-2050. "
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
, May-June 2021

SKU/Code: 
DB0382-19
Product Line: 
Wine
White
Varietal: 
Chenin Blanc
Farming Type: 
Biodynamic