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Pascal Janvier, Coteaux Du Loir Rouge, 2020

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This reference point wine taught us all to love Pinot d'Aunis, a distinctive Loire Valley grape that was close to extinction. Light-bodied and extremely earthy.


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Twenty years ago Pascal Janvier, age 30, was in butchery school. Given his deep respect of food and wine and tradition, there's no doubt he would have been amazing. Worth driving hours out of your way to a remote corner of France to shop with him. You can imagine an alternate world in which Bill Buford interns there and tells amusing stories of life in rural France.

But in the universe we live in, Pascal Janvier dropped out of butchery school and decided to make wine. In this world we have one of the world's great off-the-beaten-path domaines making delicious and stupidly-affordable wine.

Pascal didn't have much to work with. He grew up in a family with vines, though they didn't make wine. But those vines weren't exactly located in prime real estate; not even in the Loire Valley proper, but on a tributary that runs north of the Loire confusingly named the Loir. It’s a particularly cold spot and it’s difficult to ripen grapes.

So hard that the wine region went virtually extinct in the decades following the War. Even today, only about 100 hectares of vines are productive. Janvier works about 10% of them, mostly in the Loir AOC of Jasnières.

In his 20 years, Pascal has learned to produce something very special from those vines, turning the detail-oriented obsession would have made him a destination butcher to wine production instead. He has discovered that some vines grow in soils with silex (the local flint), which is also true of Huet’s great Le Mont and the Chenin Blanc of Foreau in Vouvray.


  • Grape Variety

    Pineau D'Aunis

  • Vintage


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  • Farming Practice


  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Light Bodied

Loire Valley Wines

The Loire Valley is France’s greatest source of value for anyone looking for elegant, terroir-driven wines. Our collection celebrates the region’s great diversity, with the mineral-driven whites of Muscadet and Sancerre, the beautiful Chenin Blancs and Cabernet Francs from villages like Vouvray and Chinon, and natural wines from everywhere in the region. Sometimes wonderfully fresh and gulpable, sometimes serious and age-worthy, the prices are always very reasonable.

Customer Reviews

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Surprisingly tasty wine with rich minerals for tiny cost

This wine is tastes like a much more expensive bottle.