Vignobles de la Coulee de Serrant - Clos de la Coulee de Serrant - white - 2007 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
"This has lush dried apricot, peach, quince and blood orange notes laced with ginger, cardamom, green tea and roasted almond, all backed by well-buried, mouthwatering acidity." 92 points, Wine Spectator
Exclusively 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 Coulee de Serrant Monopoly (France)
Variety: Chenin Blanc
Vines: AOP of 7 hectares only. Located on very stiff slopes, the vines have more than 35 to 40 years old on average, the oldest having more than 80 years old. Partly cultivated with the horse, or the hand, the average output is with 20/25 hectolitres per hectare. The ground is on a red schist bottom obliques which drains the vines perfectly, oriented Southern/Southern East. The grape harvest is done in 5 times out of 3 to 4 weeks to obtain the most colored possible maturity and the most marked by the botrytis.
Winemaking: out of barrel of 500 liters (never more than new wood 5%).
Production: approximately 20/25000 bottles per annum.