2010 Pascal Janvier "Cuvée Narcisse" Jasnières

SKU #1109394

If you want to get the K&L staff talking (incessantly), ask them about the Janvier wines from Jasnières. These Chenin Blancs are some of the most stunning, fresh, complex, balanced and finesseful wines, vintage after vintage. The Cuvée Sainte Narcisse comes from the riper grapes (more than 12.5% potential alcohol) from the Janvier's 35-40 year old vines planted in clay and limestone soils, and is made in an off-dry style that will age wonderfully.

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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/24/2012  | Send Email
Janvier's 100% Chenin Blanc is the perfect example of what just a bit of extra hangtime will do to sweetness levels. Softly sweet, pretty white flowers, apricots, with citrus and gorgeous acidity. Get this special wine while you can!

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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.