Jasnières is one of the Loire valley's most northerly enclaves of viticulture and also one of its smallest with just 70 hectares under vine. Lying on 'Le Loir' tributary of the Loire around the communes of L'Homme and Ruillé-sur-Loire in the Sarthe départment - due north of Tours - its vineyards were developed by Cistercian monks in the Middle Ages and were awarded Appellation Contrôlée status in 1937.
Based in La Charte-sur-Loir, the Gigou family have been making wine here since 1974 and currently tend 13 hectares of vines in Jasnières and the neighbouring appellation of Coteaux de Loir. Their old vine 'Clos Saint-Jacques' bottling is made from pure Chenin Blanc that is hand harvested prior to a traditional vinification in vat and barrel. The finished wine has a brioche and baked apple bouquet and ripe orchard fruit palate underscored by nervy mineral notes. It can cellar well for 5-10 years; gaining complexity with bottle age. In favourable vintages the Gigous also produce an unctuous, botrytised 'Raisins Nobles' cuvée which drinks beautifully from bottling and will age well for a decade or more if properly cellared. It has a complex palate of honey, roasted nuts, and ripe 'Williams' pears.