Guide to the Loire regions

Val du Loir

Producer profiles - Jasnières and Coteaux du Loir

Christophe & Pierre Bouin

Wine is not the main focus of the Bouin’s business. They are essentially third generation traiteurs and raise and process their own meat and poultry. They sell, in the form of confits, rillettes and pâtes, together with their wine, in their farm shop or on the local weekly markets that they attend. The shop, which is situated on the road between Chahaignes and Lhomme, is well worth a visit if you’re passing and all the wines listed below are currently available for sale. Prices are also very modest, even for the old vintages, at around € 5.00 a bottle.

Wine Overview :
All of their vineyards are in Chahaignes, primarily in Rasné, where they have both Pineau d’Aunis and Chenin planted. The cellar is also in the village, next door to that of Bernard and Christophe Croisard.

The Wines :
The wines are a bit hit and miss although not expensive. They clearly have their eye on the more profitable part of their empire and anything good here I expect is arrived at by chance rather than design.

2007 Coteaux du Loir Blanc
Polished. Pale straw with green hints. Clean, but quite closed. Soft and easy on the nose and a bit simple. The palate is pretty much the same. Light, simple and clean, but with good, old fashioned Chenin character. Green apple flavours. Well focused with a chalky, grippy finish. Approachable now and will age and develop but not particularly distinguished. (12/08)

2005 Coteaux du Loir Blanc
Bright. Pale straw with green hints. Slightly riper on the nose and more open, but still essentially restrained. Broad, with aromas of coconut. The palate is distinctly rustic and grubby. Firm, mineral acidity, but despite this the wine falls short. Richer with some residual sugar. This will age a little more, but not very inspiring, especially for a grand year. (12/08)

2002 Coteaux du Loir Blanc
Polished. Mid pale with distinctly green tones. True, open and expressive nose. Pure Chenin. A bit rustic and old fashioned, but full of character. Complex with herbal notes, quince and white flowers. Mid weight on entry. It builds well and has very good structure with a firm, mineral acidity. Still very youthful, the acidity needs to harmonise a little and is a little too aggressive at present. Tight, but with excellent Chenin expression. Very good potential and the best wine of this flight. (12/08)

1998 Coteaux du Loir Blanc
Polished. Pale green. Grubby and dirty. The worst sort of advertisement for Chenin. There are some gorse and coconut like aromas, but this is not good. Distinctly maritime flavours on the palate. Mineral, oyster shell like. Short and unknit. Dry and severe. Poor. (12/08)

1996 Coteaux du Loir Blanc
Dull, pale straw with green hints. Attractive nose. Open and expressive. Delicate and complex with hints of citrus. Understated. The palate is still very fresh. Chalky textured and dry, but with a sense of richness and density. Very good balance. Drink now but will still hold and continue to evolve. It’s still very youthful. (12/08)

1993 Coteaux du Loir Blanc
Bright. Pale yellow/straw with some green hints. Lovely nose. Open and clean with aromas of green fig and quince. Complex and attractive. The palate is more rustic with more off putting oyster shell like flavours. Chalky and mineral with some richness, but starting to dry out. Best drink up. (12/08)

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Christophe & Pierre Bouin
T: + 33 2 43 44 46 19
F: + 33 2 43 44 91 39

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