With just 70 hectares under vine the appellation of Jasnières is home to a clutch of independent producers and is necessarily niche in its output. Confusingly, it lies on 'Le Loir', a tributary of 'La Loire', 35 kilometres north of Tours, where flinty soils, planted exclusively with Chenin Blanc, yield nervy, dry, age-worthy white wines and, when the right weather conditions prevail, richly-honeyed sweet wines.
La famille Gigou preside over 13 hectares of organically-farmed vines at La-Charte-sur-le-Loir producing traditionally vinified, wines that are noted for their longevity. Their dry 'Clos Saint Jacques' Jasnières has appealing freshly baked bread and green apple scents and a rounded palate of ripe orchard fruit underscored by a lively mineral streak. As they more charmingly observe, it exhibits: 'De la finesse, de l'élégance et de la complexité'. The Gigous' unctuous, botrytised 'Raisins Nobles' cuvée is only produced in favourable vintages and has a complex palate of honey, roast nuts and ripe 'Williams' pears. It drinks wonderfully well from bottling but will age well for a decade or more if properly cellared.