2011 Pascal Janvier Jasnières

SKU #1109390

Vigneron by way of butcher, Pascal Janvier is one of those souls destined to make wine, despite himself. Fortunately, he wisened up at age thirty and yielded to his inevitable fate. Today, Pascal and his wife Dominique farm a total of nine hectares in the department of the Sarthe in the Val du Loir, a tiny, stony hillside along the Loir River (a tributary of the Loire River), north of Vouvray that is also the most northerly--and coldest--of the regions of the Loire. The Janviers almost single-handedly brought back the appellation of Jasnieres from extinction (even today, less than 200 ha remain under vine), and it's a good thing they did because Janvier's Jasnieres productions are some of France's best kept white wine secrets. The wines of Jasnieres are known for lively fruit coupled with naturally racy acidity and pronounced mineral character; food-friendly but with tremendous ageing potential. The Chenin destined for this bottling comes from 35-40 year-old vines planted to parcels featuring clay and limestone soils. It is redolent with classic Jasnieres tangy apple and citrus aromas and flavors, features white flower and almost saline mineral undertones and a pure core of fruit, with excellent length and focus on the finish. If you have an appreciation for complex white wines with a sense of place and are as yet unfamiliar with Jasnieres--or the wines of this talented vigneron--one sip of this and you will swoon.

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By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/12/2012  | Send Email
Tasted alongside the Coteaux du Loir, the vision I had was it was more or less the same wine (flavor and aromatic profile, acid stucture) but it seemed to have a thicker layer of fruit and extract covering up the mineral core, as if you were making caramel apples, and you double dipped the second one. You know, more caramel to get through till you find the apple itself. This is a gorgeous wine now, but will be even better in about a year. Just an incredible expression of the Chenin grape. CM

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12