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100% Chenin Blanc. Prémices is Bellivière's opening Chenin Blanc, a Jasnières which was originally made up of fruit from vines in conversion to biodynamic farming after aquisition. Since the estate is now fully converted to biodynamics, Prémices has evolved into being a barrel selection of the most fruit-forward wines--so it remains the first released and the most approachable and straightforward in its youth, generally with the highest RS of the line-up, though drinking more off-dry than sweet (it is just not as dry as the rest of the wines). The fruit comes from a range of sites on flinty clay soils over tuffeau (limestone). It is harvested manually, pressed and fermented in barrel with native yeasts and minimal sulfur; it is aged an average of 10 months in used barrel.
SOLD OUT FOR THE VINTAGE (and none made in 2016)