2009 Pascal Janvier "Cuvée Silex" Jasnieres

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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. Janvier's 'Silex' takes minerality to the extreme, and this wine is redolent with crushed stone and citrus skin aromatics and flavors. Intense, and very clean and long, this will age beautifully thanks to its naturally high acidity. 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Currently originating in two vineyards – including some of his oldest vines (albeit at a mere 40 years) – Janvier’s 2009 Jasnieres Cuvee du Silex smells even muskier than his “regular” cuvee – as well as of radish and white truffle – and is thereafter more oriented toward diversity of mineral notes than either of his two ostensibly lesser wines in this vintage. The sweet, saline savor here is akin to fresh scallops and lobster shell reduction, while there is a crystalline sense of mineral impingement that seems to shimmer in its enduring interaction with quince, orange essence, and cherry pit. This practically trance-inducing, mind-boggling value will, I suspect, be worth following for at least 6-8 years, but quite possible much longer." (08/10)

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By: Gary Lai |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/17/2010  | Send Email
This deliciously balanced Chenin Blanc delivers a mouthful of juicy honeydew, with undertone of lime and pear. Flirting with punchy minerality and a crisp finish...Absolutely wonderful!

By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/7/2010  | Send Email
Chenin Blanc in its best form! A very delicate nose of orange flowers, honey with a touch of beewax. The palate follows the nose, putting all together with great acidity and balance. This will be delicious with Lemon Chicken, Indian food, Quiches, fish with Bearnaise or Hollandaise sauce, Fruit salads and all Lemon desserts. Enjoy!

By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/22/2010  | Send Email
This is simply a stunner. Chenin Blanc is too often overlooked because it may carry a little residual sugar but when you have wines like the Pascal Janviers they have such brilliant acidity it is nigh impossible to detect. Not that there is any here to detect. What comes through here is searing minerality brought on by the silex soil - a composition of quartz. This wine makes you think of quartz crystal with its texture and weight. It sparkles with intensity. I'm gushing. The staff loves it, I love it - don't expect it to last long.

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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.