2011 Pascal Janvier Coteaux du Loir Blanc

SKU #1109392

Are you "over" over-alcoholic, over-priced, over-oaked wines? Then you must get to know the wines of Pascal Janvier. His Coteaux du Loir Blanc is 100% Chenin Blanc, from 15 year-old vines planted to predominantly clay soils. It is crisp and vivacious, with lots of fruit upfront and a fleshy core that leads to a long mineral-kissed finish. It really shows off the balance of ripeness and acidity of the 2011 vintage, and, like all of Janvier's wines, reveals true complexity and sense of place. Think "baby" Vouvray in style, as this delicious, food-friendly Chenin can be enjoyed with anything from salads, to seafood, to cheese and heavier fare, too, or no food at all! Janvier's wines are some of the greatest values from France and at $15.99 this is a remarkable buy; if you don't know the appellation of Coteaux du Loir, or the wines of this talented vigneron, now is the perfect opportunity. We're sure you'll be back for more.

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By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/12/2012  | Send Email
Easily one of my favorite white wines in the store. I really can't express how much I love this wine. I brought a bottle home the other night and started writing down all the things I was picking up in the nose, which, quite frankly, became an exercise in futility. There was just so much going on in this wine. Suffice to say, this is wine is INSANELY mineral driven (crushed rocks, river stones, wet pavement) with beautiful ethereal fruit (underripe peach, yellow plum, kiwi, guava) and screaming acidity, but not acidic. All this for just 16 dollars. Unbelievable. Simply cannot say enough good things about this wine. Won't last long so check it out soon. 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

- 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.
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