2008 Pascal Janvier Jasnières

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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.

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By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/5/2009  | Send Email
Oh Jasnieres... the name alone is like poetry to me. I have to say that in some cold years when the weather in this northern, and marginal portion of the Loire, doesn't allow the grapes to ripen properly, the acidity of its wines can be such that makes drinking it an effort best enjoyed only if you are eating rilletes on the shadows of a grand Chateau. However, on a warm year, its wines are pure pleasure! This one is all honeyed with oranges and quince spiked with cinnamon . All held in a delicate check by its very balanced acidity. Sure I wouldn't dismiss the Chateau and the rillettes, but my point is - you don't need them... Try with goat cheese, sweet and Sour sauce, Moules Marinieres, Salmon with Beurre Blanc, Lemon Chicken, Trout in light Cream Sauce, Indian food, fruit salads, chestnut-based desserts.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/18/2009  | Send Email
This is a very intriguing bottle for the adventurous wine drinker. To me, this Jasnieres is what Loire Chenin Blanc is all about- honeyed richness, a touch of residual sugar, and a huge, buzzing, mineral powerhouse finish. I think this would be fantastic paired with the right cheeses- the salty pungent ones, or perhaps with a beet salad that includes a sheep’s milk cheese.
Drink from 2009 to 2018

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/18/2009  | Send Email
Less bracing and austere that I was expecting from a Jasnieres, this wine is by contrast inviting, with a nose of ripe apples and an understated minerality. This palate is quite broad and rich, with well-knit stone fruit, honey, and mineral flavors, medium + acidity and a very silky mouthfeel. The finish is long and mineral-driven, with just a touch of sweetness. I would enjoy this as a counterpoint to chicken or fish served with a rich, creamy sauce, pates, or cheeses.

 By: GZ |  Review Date: 12/12/2009 
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Peach, citrus, and mineral aromas. Not as zippy as the Cuveé du Silex, but still a refreshing and delicious wine.

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

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.