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Pascal Janvier, Chenin Blanc, Coteaux du Loir Blanc, Loire Valley, France 2021

Pascal Janvier, Chenin Blanc, Coteaux du Loir Blanc, Loire Valley, France 2021

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100% Chenin Blanc

The Pascal Janvier Coteaux du Loir is a Chenin Blanc that bears a unique aromatic signature. Exotically perfumed with hints of guava, musk, and clove, it finishes dry and quite flinty.

Pascal Janvier is contributing towards the revival of the small appellation of Jasnières, in the department of the Sarthe in the Val du Loir. Jasnières produces some of the best dry Chenin Blanc (Pineau de la Loire) in the world. The soils of the Janviers' parcels comprise clay, limestone, sand and silex (flint).

The Loir is a tributary of the Loire River, and its viticultural area is the most northerly (and coldest) of the greater Loire region. The once proud appellations of Jasnières and the Coteaux du Loir (the preferred wines of King Henri IV) are now all but extinct, with still less than one hundred and two hundred hectares still respectively under vine. With the help of his wife Dominique, Pascal is doing his part to remind everyone what Jasnières is capable of.

15+ year old vines. The grapes undergo a two-hour pressing following the harvest. The juice is then put in cuve for twelve to twenty-four hours, is racked, and then begins alcoholic fermentation. Temperatures during fermentation are monitored and must not pass 25 degrees Celsius. Sugar levels are monitored daily. Fermentation is monitored daily and stops when equilibrium is found between the acidity and sugar. Another racking takes place after fermentation, then the wines age on fine lees in stainless steel cuve for a few more months before bottling.

Country: France

Region: Loire Valley

Grape: Chenin Blanc

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