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Wine no 10 of 12 Raw Wines, Savennieres Les Vieux Clos 2009

Savennieres Les Vieux Clos 2009 Nicolas Joly £32.00 Buy now on line

Savennieres Les Vieux Clos 2009 Savennieres Les Vieux Clos 2009

The story of Clos de la Coulée de Serrant is unique. Planted in the 12th century by the Cistercian monks, the domaine experienced successive owners until it was bought by the Joly family in 1962. Nicolas Joly only took over the estate in 1977 when he suddenly returned home after several years spent working for JP Morgan in New York and in Canada, and decided to become a winemaker.

He went to Bordeaux University for 2 years where he took an oenological course in order to learn the ins and the out of winemaking. After several years working conventionally, he sadly witnessed bad results and started looking for another approach of winemaking. In 1981, he came across a book of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner who theorized in 1924 an holistic approach of agriculture : the biodynamic principles. Nicolas Joly was immediately impressed by these principles as they matched his desire to make wines that express his unique terroir. Then in the 1980's, he started applying the biodynamic principles in the estate vineyards and the results looked very promising. The whole domaine was under biodynamic principles from 1984 and was fully certified in 1985.  After years of perseverance and hard work, he finally got the recognition from the public and the experts. Nowadays, Nicolas Joly is the spearhead of biodynamic viticulture and in 2001, he informally created with 10 or so winemakers the association Renaissance des Appellations (Rebirth of Appellations) in order to promote biodynamic principles.

With 7 hectares planted on steep slopes along the Loire river in the Savennières appellation, Clos de la Coulée de Serrant  is one of the greatest wine estates of the Loire valley. The domaine produces 3 wines: La Coulée de Serrant, Les Vieux Clos and Le Clos de la Bergerie. The soils are mainly made of schist and the vineyards of Chenin Blanc are separated by walls like in Burgundy (thus the names Clos). There are no chemical treatments in the vineyards and special care is given throughout the whole process of raising the grapes (like ploughing with a horse). The result is gorgeous grapes that will genuinely express the identity of the terroir through the wines and which are harvested in several sessions to ensure perfect ripeness. The domaine is today managed by Nicolas Joly's daughter, Virginie.

The reputation of the wines from  Clos de la Coulée de Serrant dates back from several centuries. Louis XI spoke about them with great devotion as the "gold drop". Also, at the begining of the 20th century, Curnonsky also called the "Prince of Gastronomes" stated they were one of the 5 best white wines in France.

For Nicolas Joly, "Before tasting good, a wine must be genuine".   BUY this wine at Buon Vino!