2004 Joel Gigou "Cuvee Clos St. Jacques" Jasnières

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91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Gigou’s 2004 Jasnieres Clos St-Jacques from very old vines transports you to a world of considerable mystery and offers insights into why Jasnieres was historically viewed as one of France’s grands crus. Deeply briny, alkaline, almost oceanic depths of aroma and flavor, high-toned nuttiness and flor-like pungency, are allied to a vivid, mouth-watering impression of ripe quince. If the palate-coating intensity and grip of this by no means refined wine grabs you, then enjoy watching a few bottles evolve over at least the next 3-4 years." (08/08)

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 By: Derek |  Review Date: 12/29/2009 
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An intriguing wine, of obvious noblesse; subtle and complex, high acidity, tantalizing aromas of citrus zest, (not ripe) pear, honey or beewax, combined with indeed something oceanic or briny as noted by RP. This is highly original and really good stuff ... unless of course you were looking for a buttery Chardonnay!

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Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Loire

- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.