Pascal Janvier, Coteaux du Loir Blanc 2019Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Chenin Blanc
Pascal Janvier intended to be a butcher but made a dramatic pivot at age 30 to study winegrowing and start making wine. Today, he and his wife rent nine hectares of vineyard property which Janvier farms himself. A small grower in a tiny appellation, Janvier is a big influencer in showing off the typicity and unique character of wines from Jasnières. These slightly off-dry wines reveal racy acidity, and are perhaps more lightly honeyed than beef Chenin Blancs from other parts of the Loire Valley. Janvier’s wines are loaded with the flinty minerality to be expected from this terroir. Fruit and floral aromas follow wet stones and smoke, offering tantalizing notes of ripe melon, exotic guava, quince, citrus flowers, grapefruit, and orange marmalade.
Surrounding the miniscule appellation of Jasnieres, where Pascal Janvier is based, is the larger appellation of Coteaux du Loir. It’s named for the Loir, a tributary of the better known Loire River. It is Chenin Blanc at its best with exceptional value from an under the radar place.