100 % Chenin blanc
AOC Coteaux du Layon
AOC Crémant de Loire
Located in the heart of the Quarts-de-Chaume appellation on the left bank of the Loire, Château Bellerive is cultivated solely with Chenin Blanc. Protected from the north winds, the rows of Chenin, hanging southward on slate hillsides that descend steeply to the Layon bathe in the river dampness on autumn nights. Ideal conditions for the botrytis (noble rot) to develop on the grapes. The harvest is manual and in successive selections.
The wine-making process at Château Bellerive is traditional, with slow fermentation in barrels at low temperatures.
Château Bellerive AOC Quarts-de-Chaume is a wine with a golden, sparkling colour. To the nose it develops intense aromas of great freshness reminiscent of ripe fruit: quince, apricot, and prune. In the mouth, an explosion of flavours that invade the palate! Concentrated and ethereal, it has beautiful notes of exotic fruits (mango, passion fruit) and toast, with the ultimate delicious sensation of freshness and length. With time, romas of honey and candied orange will appear.
Renowned for its good balance between sugar and acidity, Quarts-de-chaume is a rare wine which is particularly powerful, delivering true aromatic fireworks with a very long finish. It is the great sweet wine of the Loire region.