Vignobles de la Coulee de Serrant - Les Vieux Clos - white - 2018 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
‘The 2018 Les Vieux Clos has a deep golden color and displays an intense and concentrated, a bit brutish bouquet that is less brilliant and precise than the exciting 2019s. However, this might be a result of the cork, which unfortunately, is not the very best choice and looks a bit gray on the side that was in contact with the wine, something I have detected with great wonder several times. On the palate, the 2018 is enormously rich and concentrated, very elegant and round and reveals great power and intensity on the finish. This is a more monolithic Clos compared to the 2019 and the acidity is rather more gentle than dramatic. The wine shows lot of tannins, which are a bit astringent on the finish, and the fruit is somewhat cooked and less transparent. This is a textural Vieux Clos that needs a decanter, lots of air and a big, fat goose or duck as a partner. 15% alcohol. Tasted in May 2021.’ Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate – 93pts
owned by the Joly family, La Coulée de Serrant vineyard is a controlled
appellation of only 7 hectares.
Located in the Loire Valley of France, the vineyard has produced Chenin for close to a millennium, of a quality renowned enough to be praised in print by author Alexandre Dumas in the 1840s. In the early 1980s, Nicolas Joly decided to adopt biodynamic practices.
A decade and a half later Wine Spectator Magazine was ranking his white wine as among the best in the Loire Valley, and a decade later wine critic Jancis Robinson said his property was ' clearly destined to be one the world's great vineyards'. Maybe the best and most famous Chenin Blanc in the world.
From: Loire Valley, AOP Savennieres (France)
Variety: Chenin Blanc
Vines: The vines of a Middle Age of a score of years result from selections massales, and not clonales, to increase aromatic complexity. The grounds are primarily made schists but also sometimes of quartz and more rarely of sand. The outputs are of 30/35 hectolitres per hectare.
Winemaking: out of wood or tank.
Production: approximately 15 000 bottles/year.