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2016 Coteaux du Loir Blanc

Pascal Janvier

2016 Coteaux du Loir Blanc Pascal Janvier - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
This somewhat under-the-radar appellation features Sauvignon’s softer-spoken cousin, Chenin Blanc. More subtle in its fruit expression, it shares the zingy minerality. Chenin is of course a champion of off-dry and sweet wines, but Pascal Janvier’s bone-dry version is another perfect expression of the variety!

Julia Issleib

$19.00
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Chenin Blanc
Appellation: Coteaux du Loir
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Pascal Janvier
Winemaker: Pascal Janvier
Vineyard: 15 years, 1.4 ha
Soil: Clay
Aging: Another racking takes place after fermentation, then the wines age for a few more months before bottling
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About Loire

The defining feature of the Loire Valley, not surprisingly, is the Loire River. As the longest river in France, spanning more than 600 miles, this river connects seemingly disparate wine regions. Why else would Sancerre, with its Kimmeridgian limestone terroir be connected to Muscadet, an appellation that is 250 miles away?

Secondary in relevance to the historical, climatic, environmental, and cultural importance of the river are the wines and châteaux of the Jardin de la France. The kings and nobility of France built many hundreds of châteaux in the Loire but wine preceded the arrival of the noblesse and has since out-lived them as well.

Diversity abounds in the Loire. The aforementioned Kimmderidgian limestone of Sancerre is also found in Chablis. Chinon, Bourgueil, and Saumur boast the presence of tuffeau, a type of limestone unique to the Loire that has a yellowish tinge and a chalky texture. Savennières has schist, while Muscadet has volcanic, granite, and serpentinite based soils. In addition to geologic diversity, many, grape varieties are grown there too: Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Melon de Bourgogne are most prevalent, but (to name a few) Pinot Gris, Grolleau, Pinot Noir, Pineau d’Aunis, and Folle Blanche are also planted. These myriad of viticultural influences leads to the high quality production of every type of wine: red, white, rosé, sparkling, and dessert.

Like the Rhône and Provence, some of Kermit’s first imports came from the Loire, most notably the wines of Charles Joguet and Château d’Epiré—two producers who are featured in Kermit’s book Adventures on the Wine Route and with whom we still work today.

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2015 Savennières Moelleux

Château d'Epiré  France  |  Loire  |  Savennières

$29.00

2013 Chinon “Clos de la Dioterie”

Charles Joguet  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

$54.00

2014 Chinon “Les Petites Roches”

Charles Joguet  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

$23.00

2016 Bourgueil “Cuvée Alouettes”

Domaine de la Chanteleuserie  France  |  Loire  |  Bourgueil

$16.00

2013 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine “Gorges”

Domaine Michel Brégeon  France  |  Loire  |  Muscadet

$40.00

2015 Bourgeuil “Cuvée Beauvais”

Domaine de la Chanteleuserie  France  |  Loire  |  Bourgueil

$20.00

2016 Sancerre “Côte des Embouffants”

Domaine Roger Neveu  France  |  Loire  |  Sancerre

$25.00

2003 Vouvray “Trie de Vendange”

Champalou  France  |  Loire  |  Vouvray

$74.00

2016 Muscadet “Le Clos de la Butte”

Éric Chevalier  France  |  Loire  |  Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu

$16.00

2016 Pinot Gris

Domaine de Reuilly  France  |  Loire  |  Reuilly

$20.00

2014 Clisson “La Molette”

Domaine Michel Brégeon  France  |  Loire  |  Muscadet

$38.00

2012 Chinon “Saint Louans”

Catherine & Pierre Breton  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

$47.00

When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:

1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.

Inspiring Thirst, page 174

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