Jasnières "Calligramme"

2017
France
Loire

100% Chenin Blanc. Calligramme is the old-vine version of Les Rosiers: a Jasnières bottling from multiple parcels, with vines ranging in age from 50 to 75 years old, on particularly rocky, tuffeau-rich clay-flint soils on south-southwest-facing slopes. The collective yield is a modest 25-35 hl/ha. The sites are farmed biodynamically and harvested by hand. The fruit is direct-pressed and barrel-fermented with native yeasts and minimal sulfur; the wine is aged in mostly used barrels with a small proportion of new oak for one year.

93 points
"The Jasnières “Calligramme” from Domaine de Bellivière is their old vine cuvée, produced from a handful of parcels where the vines range from fifty to seventy-five years of age. Like all of the Nicolas family’s vineyards, the vines are farmed biodynamically, the wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts in cask and aged in barrels during its elevage, with a small portion of the cuvée spending its first year in new oak. The 2017 Calligramme is already getting a golden sheen to its color and offers up a deep and complex nose of fresh apricot, sweet quince, a beautiful base of chalky soil tones, lavender, honeycomb, white lilies and a touch of beeswax. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, ripe and concentrated, with a rock solid core, excellent soil signature, zesty acids and impeccable focus and balance on the long, complex and classy finish. This is quite dry in style in 2017, but loaded with complexity and mineral drive and a lovely wine. I have to assume the frost damage of 2017 caused this wine to be made from miniscule yields, as it is quite concentrated in style. Fine, fine juice. 2021-2045. "
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
, May-June 2021

SKU/Code: 
DB8416-17
Product Line: 
Wine
White
Varietal: 
Chenin Blanc
Farming Type: 
Biodynamic