Domaine de Bellevue - La Justice IGP Val de Loire 2019


Jérôme Bretaudeau spent 13 years with the winemaker Alain Gaubert as vineyards manager. In 2001, he moved to the Domaine de Bellevue, in Grétigné in the Pays Nantais. At the time, he exploited the 2 hectares of vines which he had inherited from his father. Today, the 15-hectare vineyard is divided into white (10 hectares) and red (5 hectares).

Jérome Bretaudeau is known for his extravagance, both in the grape varieties he cultivates and in the winemaking techniques he uses. He is the owner of Melon de Bourgogne vines (90%), as well as Chardonnay, Savagnin, Folle Blanche, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Gris, which are rather rare in Nantes. In red, the distribution is 40% Cabernet Franc, 12% Gamay noir with white juice, 40% Merlot, 20% Pinot Noir and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon. He experiments a lot and has stainless steel tanks, tuns, barrels, concrete eggs and amphorae for his vinification and aging.

This cuvée is made from a blend of Chardonnay and Savagnin (a traditional Jura grape variety), which is out of the norm in the Nantes vineyard. It is aged in ovoid vats for 14 months. In this giant egg, the lees are permanently raised by an internal vortex-shaped current and the wine also benefits from micro oxygenation due to the porosity of the material made up of limestone and clay. It is neither filtered nor fined before bottling.

On the nose, fruity notes dominate at first sight. On the palate, the balance is magnificent between minerality and slightly salty notes, with a beautiful amplitude and freshness that gives this cuvée a great "drinkability".

Ideally to be decanted half an hour before tasting, so that the aromas are fully revealed.

Certified organic (since 2012) and biodynamic (Biodyvin, as of 2020).

Producer: Domaine de Bellevue

Country: France

Region: Loire Valley

Varietal:Chardonnay, Savagnin 

Appellation: IGP Val de Loire

Vintage: 2019

Size: 750ml