We first had these wines in New York and were totally blown away by them. Their purity and finesse were unlike anything we'd had. Consequently, we swore to seek out the producer and see if there was any chance of getting a small allocation for Ontario. Luckily, the winery was not represented in the province and we were even able to get our hands on a little bit of wine with which to get started. Like all top producers in this tiny high-quality Loire appellation, the wines are always extremely limited. But it's worth it!
Sebastien Cornille is a relative newcomer to this part of the Loire. Originally from Sancerre, he got the Chenin Blanc bug after studying agronomy. After a brief period in Reunion, he settled in Marcon where he now makes small quantities of phenomenal Chenin Blanc and Pineau d’Aunis (along with a couple rows of Gamay). Today Sebastien works little more than 6 hectares in his old winery above the town. He decided early on that he would make his wines in the most non-interventionist way possible. The majority of the wines are from 30 year-old vines on slopes and terraces of clay and silex over limestone, certified organic with biodynamic methods and without plowing. The grapes are typically harvested quite ripe but without botrytis at around 30 hl/ha or less, long low-temperature fermentaion, and with minimal sulphur. Sebastien works quite a bit with whole-cluster fermentation and uses only neutral barriques or stainless tanks to mature his wines. The whites are classic expressions of Jasnieres often showing citrus, lime-flower, pear, anise and wet stone with a honeyed note. The reds, often a combination of Pineau d’Aunis and Gamay, are incredibly bright and lifted in their red fruit expression, with hints of pepper and a herbal inflection. Complex, sprightly and eminently drinkable! Jasnieres is one of the smallest and rarest Loire appellations and Sebastien is producing some extraordinary wines. We are so pleased to be able to offer them to you.