Jasnières "Les Rosiers"

2020
France
Loire

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 destemmed, 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; the acidity and minerailty balance out the potential sweetness and give cut and structure to the wine.

93 points
"The les Rosiers bottling of Jasnières from Domaine de Bellivière is made from what they consider their “young vines”, which means anything under fifty years of age. The wine is barrelfermented, aged in casks that are one to three years of age (with a small percentage of new oak mixed in for the first year of aging). The 2020 les Rosiers is a beautiful young wine, coming in nicely ripe at 13.5 percent octane and carrying seventeen grams per liter of residual sugar this year. It offers up a bright and complex nose of fresh pineapple, sweet quince, chalky soil tones, lanolin, dried flowers and just a whisper of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is bright, full bodied, focused and complex, with a fine core of fruit, snappy acids, just a bit of sweetness (like a Demi-Sec in this vintage) and a long, well-balanced and fairly powerful finish for this bottling. The drought concentrated sugars and acids in this vintage and has crafted a flashy, broad shouldered version of les Rosiers that is most impressive. 2022-2045+."
John Gilman,
View from the Cellar

SKU/Code: 
DB0547-20
Product Line: 
Wine
White
Varietal: 
Chenin Blanc
Farming Type: 
Biodynamic