2008 Pascal Janvier Jasnières
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Janvier's 2008 Jasnieres features white peach, Persian melon, quince, mint, licorice, and lime, with honey and a hint of caramel offering counterpoint to its bright fruit and glistening minerality. Subtle peach kernel bitterness is nicely integrated into the finish thanks to persistently mouth-watering acidity as well as a judicious hint of sweetness. The deeply rich, bitter-sweet, orange rind-, sassafras-, and licorice-tinged finish remains thirst-quenching and invigorating, with chalk, salt, and iodine inflections. Enjoy this over the next 4-5 years." (09/09) And, according to Wine Spectator: "Open-knit, with tasty nectarine, orange blossom and white peach notes backed by a modestly juicy, mineral-tinged finish. Drink now. 210 cases imported." (12/09) If you don't know the appellation of Jasnières, get to know it through the wines of this talented vigneron. Jasnières will never be mainstream. It hails from a tiny, stony hillside along the Loir River (a tributary of the Loire River), north of Vouvray, and the grape grown here is the Pineau de la Loire, otherwise known as Chenin Blanc.