Les Rosiers Jasnières 2016

SKU/Code: 
DB0547-16
Product Line: 
White
Varietal: 
Chenin Blanc
Country: 
France
Region: 
Loire
Farming Type: 
Biodynamic
Bellivière

100% Chenin Blanc. Les Rosiers is from Bellivière's "young vines", which by their definition effectively means anything under 50 years old, some of them as young as 10 years old. The collective yield is a modest 25-35 hl/ha. The parcels are scattered throughout Jasnières on flinty, clay-limestone soils rich in tuffeau (soft limestone). They are farmed biodynamically and harvested by hand. The fruit is pressed and barrel-fermented with native yeasts and minimal sulfur; the wine is aged in 1-to-3-year old barrels with a small proportion (1/4) of new oak for one year.

Les Rosiers tends to read as the lightest and driest  of the Bellivière line-up, though it does contain residual sugar (25 grams/liter in 2015, a particularly ripe vintage); the acidity and minerailty balance out the potential sweetness and give cut and structure to the wine.

93 points
"This is steely and mineral-driven, with honeysuckle, white peach, mirabelle plum and chamomile notes darting over a mouthwatering quinine spine. Offers a long, detailed and very focused finish. Drink now through 2028."
James Molesworth,
Wine Spectator Insider
, August 2018