Savennieres Vieux Clos Nicolas Joly 2021

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A hearty dinner

Looks, Smells, Tastes like:

Golden, Rich, Complex

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Savennieres Vieux Clos Coulee de Serrant 2021 Iconic Biodynamic wine, 100% Chenin Blanc, dry in this vintage, full bodied, deep gold colour, expressive, rich, superb.  Chenin Blanc of exceptional depth, complexity and purity, truly one of the world’s great terroirs, wine producers and wines.  Nicolas Joly is an icon.  An uncompromising man who in the 1980s bought a piece of land in the Savennieres region of the central Loire and made an iconic vineyard.  The name of that land was the Coulee de Serrant.  His wine is now highly prized in the Michelin star restaurants across the World.  Nicolas says, ‘I don’t only want a good wine but also a true wine.’  Savennieres Vieux Clos is the third wine of the estate.  It lacks none of the purity and intensity of the Grand Vin. The wine is a deep yellow/gold colour and the aromas are intense of mature fruit and above all minerality. The wine is full bodied and rich yet, the balance and purity are exceptional.  We have a very small volume of the new 2021 vintage.  These bottles are becoming collectables and often end up in top cellars, good job they age majestically.

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Biodynamic, Natural, Organic
Producer Nicolas Joly
Country France
Region Loire, France
Vintage 2021
Wine Type Dry White Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Chenin Blanc
Terroir schists but also sometimes, quartz and a little sand
Alcohol 14% abv
Maturation In large wooden casks
Total Sulphur 75 mg/l
Annual Production 5 - 10,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 10 years plus easy
Food Matching Curries, Desserts, Poultry, Washed Rind Cheese

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 and much renown until it was bought by the Joly family in 1962. Nicolas Joly only took over the estate in 1977 when he was drawn home by his innate desire to make wine after several years spent working for JP Morgan in New York and Canada. After studying at Bordeaux University and experimenting with conventional methods, he witnessed disappointing results, so began to rethink.

In 1981, he stumbled across a book by the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner who in 1924 theorised about the holistic approach to agriculture which became known as 'Biodynamics'. Seduced by these ideas, Nicolas started applying the Biodynamic principles at the Coulee de Serrant and the results were 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 is the spearhead of biodynamic viticulture in France. 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 (hence the names Clos). There are no chemical treatments in the vineyards and special care is given throughout the whole process of producing the grapes (like ploughing with a horse for example and using goats to graze the cover crop). In the most extreme vintages the grapes are prone to 'Botrytis' or 'Noble Rot' but Joly doesn't make sweet wines in such years as many others would do. In stead he believes dry wines made from rotted grapes show an incredible depth and express the minerality of the Terroir. The result is always gorgeous grapes that will genuinely express the identity of this unique vineyard through the wines and which are harvested in several sessions to ensure perfect ripeness.

Today, the domaine is managed by Nicolas Joly's daughter, Virginie. Under Nicolas' tutelage, the estate has become something of an icon although the style of the wines divides opinion, not least as Nicolas is never shy about expressing his views on what he terms as the terrible cancer which is conventional wine making. He is someone who has lived and worked by extremes and his wines are for those who are looking for the purest and most authentic expression of the grape. We love these wines, as they really are the purest expression of wine we have encountered - so they are an absolute must for wine lovers. For Nicolas Joly, "Before tasting good, a wine must be truly genuine" - and he's certainly hit the mark.

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  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Natural Yeast Fermentation
  • Nothing Removed, Nothing Added
  • Hand Harvest
  • Unfined
  • Unfilitered
  • Low Sulphur
  • No Added Sulphur
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Savennieres Vieux Clos Nicolas Joly 2021