Domaine Jousset Vilain p'tit Ch’nin
Chenin Blanc, Petit Chenin
Vin de France, Loire Valley, France
Lise and Bertrand Jousset have crafted a delightful dry Chenin from their vines in Anjou. The palate is vibrant and refreshing with green apple, pear and saline mineral flavours, then a hint of brioche with firm acidity in the bright, clean finish. This is a delicious aperitif and a versatile accompaniment for anything from sole to sushi.
It is naturally fermented in barrels of 400 and 600 litres for ten months.
- Loire Valley
- Chenin Blanc, Petit Chenin
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Bertrand Jousset's winegrowing venture began when he
joined a viticulture program after a stint in the military. Lise
grew up on a dairy farm south of Nantes and came to wine
as waitstaff in the UK and France, then as a sommelier in
Paris. Aspiring vignerons, the two moved to the left bank of
the Loire for the freedom and reasonable cost of land that
Touraine had to offer. Their goal was to grow the best
Chenin Blanc possible.
Their vines range from 30 to 130 years for the oldest vines.
Respect for nature has led the Joussets to exclude
chemicals in favour of the balance of biological diversity
down to the microscopic level. Their core belief in making
an original wine is the necessity of living soils with high
microbial activity, a ‘living’ vine, and a balanced life
between plants and animals in all of the domain's parcels.
The Joussets believe that 95% of wine comes from the
vineyard, but that the last 5% is still very crucial. Choices in
their winemaking process ensure that their wines while
falling into the category of ‘natural’ are without off odours
and flaws. Only the absolute minimum amount of sulphites
is used in the winemaking process, so nitrogen and carbon
dioxide are used to protect the wine during the final steps.
"This playful take on declassified Anjou old-vine Chenin Blanc produces some seriously charming wine with notes of bruised apple, toasted barley, honeyed nuts, and orange water, with a persistent citrus acidity."
Their vines range from 30 to 130 years for the oldest vines. Respect for nature has led the Joussets to exclude chemicals in favour of the balance of biological diversity down to the microscopic level.