Domaine de Bellevue, Statera, IGP Val de Loire, France
Domaine de Bellevue is based in Gétigné, in the heart of the Muscadet region in the Loire Valley. The Domaine was established by Jérôme Bretaudeau in 2001.
Previously, Jérôme had been working for wineries in the region for over 15 years.
The talented vigneron started with only 2 hectares of vines taken over from his family vineyards. By 2005, Jérôme had expanded to 6 hectares. Today, Domaine de Bellevue has 9 hectares of vineyards, spread across various appellations and towns: Gétigné, Cugand, Clisson, and Vallet.
Jérôme vinifies 11 different grape varietals. The local grape, Melon de Bourgogne, and other less conventional grapes including Merlot, Cabernet, Chardonnay, and Savagnin, originally from Jura.
Endlessly curious and deeply passionate about his work, he constantly experiments with new approaches. For instance, He now harvests his plots according to the age of vines and the soil types hoping to gain a better understanding of his terroirs.
By dint of curiosity, ingenuity, talent, and hard work, Jérôme Bretaudeau is now recognized as one of the locomotives of the Muscadet appellation. His wines are elegant, precise characterful.
In the Vineyard
In stark contrast to most of Muscadet, which is dominated by over-cropped, industrial-production cooperatives, Domaine de Bellevue’s vineyards are farmed organically and have been certified since 2009. Pushing even further, Jérôme is now converting to biodynamic farming.
Jérôme Bretaudeau replants his vineyards by massale selection.
In the Cellar
All grapes are thoroughly sorted upon arrival at the cellar.
White grapes are lightly pressed then settled under control, cool temperatures. Red grapes are fully de-stemmed.
All wines are fermented thanks to indigenous yeasts only.
Depending on the cuvée the wines are aged in concrete eggs, clay amphorae, stainless steel, concrete tanks, or wooden vats.
Only a little bit of sulfur is added before bottling. The wines are bottled unfined and are only slightly filtered.