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Beautiful golden straw in color. Very aromatic with pronounced notes of apricot, apple and peach. On the palate, peaches, pear and stone fruit with a touch of hay and honey. Fleshy, nice creaminess and great viscosity. This is a sec, or dry wine, but it seems closer to off dry.

Really a lovely wine, that I would probably opt to serve with a cheese plate with some creamy and slightly salty cheeses. The slight sweetness of the wine will play off any salty characteristics and the fleshiness will pair well with the creaminess of the cheese.

The wine assembled from all the young vines (less than 50 years old) in the Jasnières. Jasnières is comprised of two appellations delimited in 1938 and 1948 which have never developed the same sort of reputation as Vouvray and Montlouis further south. Jasnières is further north than any other appellation in the Loire Valley — and the cool, damp weather can present some challenges.

Les Rosiers is chenin blanc from the Loire produced by Eric Nicolas. He was a city kid who didn’t have any experience in the region or agriculture. He developed a passion for vines and wines, and after studying oenology, he looked in the Loire to acquire vineyards, as he had been impressed and admired some of the region’s winemakers. Seven years ago, Eric and his wife Christine found an estate with some vines, but mostly grazing fields, trees and grains. They nurtured the existing old vines and did a lot of planting, to get to their current 9 hectares, scattered over the territory of 6 villages. This year, they converted the whole estate to Biodynamic agriculture.

I think this runs at about $24 a bottle, perhaps not the greatest value — but I would not hesitate to recommend it at that price. Imported by Louis/Dressner.

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