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2022 Jasnières “Dyane”

Christine de Mianville
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Christine de Mianville is a Jasnières specialist who handcrafts tiny quantities of profound, textured whites in the Loire’s northernmost outpost for Chenin Blanc. She meticulously farms her single hectare of land organically with the help of her beloved donkeys, Bonnie and Icare, treating her grapes as one would treat precious grand cru fruit from France’s most prestigious sites. Her wines ferment spontaneously to full dryness, a method that makes it possible to bottle unfiltered. The cuvée Dyane captures the pristine fresh fruit Chenin displays from this silex-laden terroir, mirroring the sensation of biting into crisp slices of white peach, nectarine, and guava. Give it a moment to unwind in a carafe before indulging in this spectacular expression of dry Chenin Blanc.

Anthony Lynch

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2022
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Chenin Blanc
Appellation: Jasnières
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Christine de Mianville
Winemaker: Christine de Mianville
Vineyard: 12-35 years old, 1 ha total
Soil: Clay, limestone, silex
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 13%

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About The Region

Loire

map of 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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