Les Rosiers Jasnières

2016

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.

94 points
"...outstanding this year, offering up a superb aromatic depth in its complex constellation of apple, quince, a touch orange zest, lovely minerality, a whisper of lanolin, lime peel and a potpourri of spring flowers for a topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied... with a rock solid core, superb mineral drive and a very long, racy and still quite youthful and primary finish. This is going to be even more precise and soil-driven than [the l’Effraie] when it is ready to drink, but it will need a bit of bottle age to start to stir properly. It is an absolutely great bottle of Jasnières in the making! 2022-2055+."
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
, Issue #77

SKU/Code: 
DB0547-16
Product Line: 
Wine
White
Varietal: 
Chenin Blanc
Farming Type: 
Biodynamic