PASCAL JANVIER JASNIERES CHENIN BLANC - 2018

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PASCAL JANVIER  JASNIERES CHENIN BLANC - 2018

PASCAL JANVIER JASNIERES CHENIN BLANC

Pascal Janvier

Pascal Janvier never planned on becoming a vigneron.

Though his parents had vineyard land of their own,

they did not make their own wine. Instead, he went

to school to learn butchery. However, Pascal made a

sudden about-face at the age of thirty and decided to

study wine growing in Amboise. His serious and soft-

spoken demeanor reflects a man prone to quiet

contemplation and great deliberation. His decision

was anything but a whim. Starting slowly, he has

mastered his craft with a focus and passion that is

contributing towards the revival of the small appellation

of Jasnières, in the department of the Sarthe in the

Val du Loir. 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.

Pascal, with the help of his wife Dominique, is doing

his part to remind everyone what Jasnières is capable

of.

 

The Janviers rent sixty-six different parcels (a total

of nine hectares) of land and farm it entirely themselves.

Jasnières produces some of the best dry Chenin Blanc

(Pineau de la Loire) in the world, and its wines are

said to reach their peak ten years after the vintage.

The soils of their parcels are comprised of clay,

limestone, sand and silex (flint), and are planted

primarily to Chenin Blanc. KLWM imports one bottling

of their red, made from the lighter-bodied and elegant

indigenous red grape, Pineau d’Aunis. Their “Cuvée du

Silex” parcel has distinct flint in the soil, lending notes

of gunpowder to this beautiful, crisp Chenin. There is

no doubt that Pascal and Dominique have chosen the

path less traveled, though at the first sip of their wine,

one understands why they keep working so hard.

Their stunning aromatics and complexity prove them

to be one of the greatest values in the KLWM Loire

Valley Portfolio, along with the celebrated wines of

Château d’Epiré. If over-alcoholic wines are getting

to you, Pascal Janvier’s wines are a great refuge.

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

Whites:

• 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 20 – 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.

 

 

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