(2008 Vintage) 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.