*****Extremely limited supply. Can be combined with other Gigou wines on Direct. Order must be in multiples of 6 and cannot be combined with items not on Direct. Ships directly from winery to you in a few weeks from order at rate of $8/btl on 6, $6/btl on at least 12. Available only to VDLT members.****
From the amazing library releases from Joël Gigou, one bottle each:
1986 Jasnières Saint Jacques (Dry Chenin Blanc)
1988 Jasnières Saint Jacques Sélection de Raisins Nobles (Dry Chenin Blanc)
1989 Jasnières Saint Jacques (Dry Chenin Blanc)
1990 Jasnières Saint Jacques (Dry Chenin Blanc)
1990 Jasnières Saint Jacques Sélection de Raisins Nobles (Sweet Chenin Blanc)
1992 Jasnières Saint Jacques (Dry Chenin Blanc)
The Gigou family operates their quaint 13 hectares farm in the central northern reaches of the Loire Valley - not far Le Mans, home to the famed 24-hour auto road race. Joël started the estate in 1974 along with his gracious wife Sylvie. His son Ludovic now handles much of the management and his sister Dorothée has recently joined in the efforts.
Their vineyards lie in Jasnières (8ha) and Côteaux du Loir (5ha), two fairly obscure appellations that might have faded into oblivion if not for the fine wines and tireless promotion from this family.
The vineyards in Jasnières are planted to Chenin Blanc to produce all but one of their whites, including a sweet Chenin in vintages when botrytis (noble rot) occurs.
Gamay and Pineau d'Aunis (and the Chenin for one white) is planted in Côteaux du Loir to produce their reds and rosé. They also produce sparkling wines in all three colors that are not appellation specific. The range of wines is extensive despite producing only about 40-50,000 bottles per year. There are lots of old vines.
They farm without chemicals. They harvest 60% by hand and 40% by machine (for the white grapes with stems left intact).
Now the remarkable part, Ludovic told me they keep all their bottled wines in their cellar for at least one or two years. I asked why they do this (wondering how a small estate can defer the revenue). He replied, The wine decides when it's ready. In some cases, he would hold them back even longer, except they are often out of storage space. Truly a portrait of a family whose prime concern is that the wines that bear their name are special.
VDLT is the only North American source for current vintages of Gigou’s wines.