Domaine de Belle Vue - Muscadet 'Gaïa' 2016
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If there's an epitome of Jérôme's style it would be 'Gaïa', his flagship Melon de Bourgogne that is composed of fruit from a 1.5 hectare biodynamic vineyard of 80 year-old vines grown on gabbro (volcanic rock) soil.
On both the nose and palate, this is Muscadet taken to the next level with minerals and herbs like white pepper, and delicate fruits such as nectarines and lemons. There's an immense tension and density to the flavour, with a strong minerality and elegant acidity. While it isn't super salty, it's remarkable to us how it's clearly Muscadet yet somehow has a special spark that makes it a little different.
Fermented with indigenous yeasts with 14 months aging in cement egg-shaped tanks, unfined, unfiltered.
Annual Production: N/A
Blend: 100% Melon de Bourgogne
Terroir: Volcanic soil
Winemaking: 14 months aging in cement egg-shaped tanks, unfined, unfiltered
Certification: Certified Organic (2009)
Drinking Window: 2017-2028
17/20. 94 Points The Wine Doctor (2014 Vintage)
The 2014 Gaïa from Domaine de Bellevue displays a pale golden hue, richer than I would expect for Muscadet, and I wonder whether there is a very subtle oxidative influence here. Whether the driving force behind the style of this wine is oxygen or the lees 'vortex', though, its effect on the nose and palate is very welcome. Aromatically this is very convincing, the nose absolutely loaded with enticing scents of white pepper and crushed minerals, backed up by a strong fruit presence redolent of crystalline kumquat, yellow peach, mirabelle and scented lemon balm. The palate is gloriously broad and succulent, and it brims with flashy citrus elements, swirled with a white-pebble minerality and framed by a fine, grainy acidity. This is a real mouthful of a wine, exciting, tangy and fresh. It is a great example of a wine that feels recognisable as Muscadet, yet which also pushed the boundaries a little. Top work Jérôme! (6/11/17)
Situated not far from Nantes in the Loire valley, Domaine de Bellevue is a young wine estate created in 2005 by the talented young winemaker Jérôme Bretaudeau. Internships with Jo Landon and Guy Bossard gave him the taste for natural winemaking. Thus, Jérôme is only working the vineyards according to organic principles (organic reconversion since 2009).
Later, in 2001, Jérôme took over the small family estate of 2 hectares in Gétigné and started working there on weekends and holidays. He finally set up in 2005 with 6 hectares of vineyards and did his 1st vintage the very same year, the Domaine de Bellevue was born.