Guide to the Loire regions

Val du Loir

Producer profiles - Jasnières and Coteaux du Loir

Jean-Jacques Maillet (1982)


Jean-Jacques Maillet

Jean-Jacques Maillet is the brother-in-law of Philippe Sevault. He comes from a family that have been in Dauvers, a hamlet that sits at the foot of the Jasnières slope, for four generations and this is where he has his cellar in the rock. He bought La Pâquerie, a smallholding on the top of the Jasnières slope, in 1982, although in reality Maillet is a polyculturist and his main business is growing cereals, farming 200 hectares of land across the Loir in Villedieu-le-Château with his son, Damien.

Wine Overview :
He works three hectares in Jasnières, where all the vines in Sous-le-Bois, and a further 3.8 hectares of Coteaux du Loir, of which 75% is red. Maillet owns no vines. He rents everything. There are also a couple hectares dedicated to Vin de Pays which he tends to sell off en-vrac, otherwise two thirds of his production is bottled.

The Wines :
These are clean and soundly made, but lack individuality and character.

2007 Coteaux du Loir Blanc
Bright. Pale green. Closed, but also a bit high toned. Not very expressive on the nose or palate at present. Light and lively. Early drinking style. (12/08)

2006 Jasnières
Bright. Pale green. Clean primary Chenin nose and palate. Mid weight, light and easy on the palate. Falls a bit short on the finish. It may evolve a little, but this is for early drinking. (12/08)

2007 Coteaux du Loir Rosé
Attractive salmon pink appearance. Primary and clean with a faint pepperiness. Mid weight on entry with a hint of residual sugar. Flavour of parma violets. Bitter and unknit to the finish. Ordinary. (12/08)

2007 Coteaux du Loir Rouge
Polished. Pale ruby red. A bit washed out in appearance. Very good white pepper nose. Light but fresh, but with good intensity of varietal character. Good white pepper flavours. The acidity is a touch squeaky and unripe. Soft tannins. Drinking now. (12/08)

Jean-Jacques Maillet
La Pâquerie
Ruillé-sur-Loir
T: + 33 2 43 44 47 45
T: + 33 2 43 44 54 26
P: + 33 6 30 36 37 19
F: + 33 2 43 44 35 30

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