Vignobles de la Coulee de Serrant - Les Vieux Clos - white - 2015 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
A biodynamic and very attractive Savennieres wine boasting mature fruits and an ample, fresh and mineral body. A reference of the appellation.
Cuvee "Les Vieux Clos" comes under the Savennieres appellation. The vines, with an average age of 20 years, have been cultivated through Massal selection (not clonal) which makes for true aromatic complexity. The soil is made up of shale, quartz, and even sand in places. The wines are produced in either wood barrels or vats and have earthy, vegetal, and ripe fruit aromas. The palate is beautifully mineral and fresh with very ripe fruit flavours.
Nicolas Joly returned, leaving behind a career in finance, to the fabled Coulee de Serrant in 1977. The celebrated vineyard, which comprises its own appellation, was planted in the 1130s. At first he implemented modern agricultural methods, but afters three years he became troubled by subtle but noticeable alterations in the vineyards. After reading a book on biodynamics that he picked up by chance, he became fascinated by the concept, and embarked on a experimental reconversion of a small area of vineyards. Rapidly convinced by the results, he started to implement biodynamic practices across the estate and has been Demeter and Ecocert certified since 1984. In 2001, he founded "La Renaissance des Appellations/Return to Terroir" and today the organization boasts 140 producers from around world. He has written many books on the subject, and is widely considered a pioneer and leader of the biodynamic wine movement.
From: Loire Valley, AOP Savennieres (France)
Variety: Chenin Blanc
Production: approximately 15 000 bottles/year.