We are in love with the wines from Domaine de Bellevue - Jérôme just seems to encapsulate what is so exciting about the Loire at the moment. So here is a mixed case of some of his delicious wines. We've included 2 bottles each of the Muscadet Sevre et Marne, as well as the Ephemere Cabernet Franc. The Muscadet is a triumph, a glass full of fresh orchard fruits, taught minerality and a clean, refreshing finish. Perfect summer drinking, and so much more characterful than pretty much every other Muscadet on the market. Ephemere is top class Cab Franc, spicy, elegant and lush. We have also included a bottle of La Justice Chardonnay, which is a wonderfully elegant example of Chardonnay which proves how versatile the grape is. Aged in clay eggs, it has a wonderful rich texture, but palate cleansing crispness. Outstanding. Finally, there is a bottle of La Monnerie, which is complex and succulent Merlot, aged in a combination of barrel and amphora. Take a trip down the Loire without leaving your sofa with this mixed case.
Jérôme Bretaudeau's story is one of passion for wine and only wine. He set up the 9 hectare Domaine in 2005 after working for over 15 years at other estates and converted to organic production in 2009. The soils at Domaine de Bellevue are what give it the capability to make hand crafted terroir wines which truly vary from soil to soil. They are are made up pockets of clay interspersed with silica pebbles, white and pink quartz and also some volcanic rocks allowing strong minerality and complexity for the wines. The vines are old and various with unusual grape varieties for the Muscadet area (Chardonnay, Gamay, Merlot, Pinot Gris and others). He uses a combination of large clay eggs and used barrels to ferment and mature his wines. Internships with Jo Landon and Guy Bossard (two giants of the area) gave him the taste for natural wine making and thus since 2009 he has been certified organic. The wines are elegant, precise characterful..