2011 Pascal Janvier Coteaux du Loir Blanc
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.