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Savennieres Coulee de Serrant Nicolas Joly 2013

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One Line Description Savennieres Coulee de Serrant Nicolas Joly 2013, Biodynamic wine, 100% Chenon Blanc, quite simply, one of the world's most noble white wines.
Production Method Natural, Organic, Biodynamic
Country France French
Region Loire, France
Producer Nicolas Joly
Vintage 2013
Wine Type Dry White Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol 14.5% abv
Maturation large old oak barrels
Annual Production 5 - 10,000 bottles
Ageing Potential Decades rather than years
Production Detail Biodynamic
Natural Features Zero Added Sulphites (Sulphur), Vegan, Cloudy/Totally Unfiltered, Oxidative Notes
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Savennieres Coulee de Serrant Nicolas Joly 2013, Biodynamic wine, 100% Chenon Blanc, quite simply, one of the world's most noble white wines. Although these wines age beautifully, in youth the acidity and fresh fruity character alongside the minerals and richness make for profound and delicious drinking. Coulee de Serrant needs no introduction. The vineyard is only 7 hectares, located on very stiff slopes. On average the vines are between 35 and 40 years old but the oldest are more than 8O years and these provide the wood to make new vines to continue the origins of the 'Terroir'. Coulee de Serrant is a Mythical vineyard, totally natural, cultivated by hand and horse and with an average yield of only 25 hectolitres per hectare. Nicolas Joly has introduced local breeds of sheep to the vineyard and his desire to prevent a monoculture, the antithesis of Biodynamic production, has created a natural balance that results in unique white wine. Coulee de Serrant sometimes produces noble rot in the grapes and this adds an extra dimension of complexity and intensity in certain years. Every year the wine is deep, complex, rich, mineral, elegant, profound and very very moreish. Coulee de Serrant is outstanding wine made by an intellectual and a true pioneer with a world view and approach to nature that other wine producers would do well to emulate.


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 was drawn home by his innate desire to make wine after several years spent working for JP Morgan in New York and Canada. He went to Bordeaux University for two years where he took an oenological course in order to learn the ins and the out of wine-making. After several years working conventionally, he sadly witnessed bad results with the wines and started looking for another approach.


In 1981, he stumbled across a book by the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner who in 1924 theorised about a holistic approach to agriculture: this became known as 'Biodynamics'. Nicolas Joly was seduced by these ideas as they matched his desire to make wines that would rediscover the expression of his unique 'terroir'. The seed was sown and in the early 1980's, he 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 and in 2001, he informally created with 10 or so like minded 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 (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.


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


Today, the domaine is managed by Nicolas Joly's daughter, Virginie. Under Nicola's 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 em and if you truly love wine, you will too.


For Nicolas Joly, "Before tasting good, a wine must be truly genuine"

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