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Jasnières

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AOC by decree dated 31st July 1937, amended 17th November 2011

 

Vineyards

Location: The Jasnières appellation extends across two communes in the Sarthe département, Lhomme and Ruillé-sur-Loir.

Vineyard Area: 70 ha.

History: The vineyards here were developed by Cistercian monks in the Middle Ages, celebrated by Henri IV and mapped in great detail under Louis XIV. Since the 1970s, wines from this area have experienced something of a revival, both in quality and consumer recognition.

Soil: Turonian chalk (tuffeau), broken down into siliceous clay on the steep slopes.

Climate: This is one of the Loire Valley’s northernmost appellations. The vineyards are protected by the Bercé forest to the north, while the adjacent valleys and hillsides face south, enjoying a temperate Touraine climate broken down into a number of microclimates.

 

 

Wines

Average annual production over the last 5 years: 2,100 hl.

Base yield: 52 hl/ha.

Varietal: Chenin Blanc.

Growing practices: Minimum desnity: 5,500 vines per hectare. Short pruning is authorised and strictly controlled.

 

 

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Bright golden yellow.

Nose and palate: Floral and fruity, often with a mineral edge, subtly developing notes of dried fruit, tropical fruit, honey and spices and maintaining good freshness on the finish.

Serve at: 12°C.

 

Food/Wine Pairings

These wines pair well with sea and river fish, poultry and goats’ cheese.

 

Aging potential

Generally 15 years or more. In good vintages, Jasnières’ sweet wines are similar in character to their counterparts from the banks of the Loire.

 

 
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