Nicolas Joly Les Vieux Clos Savennieres AOC 2017

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Nicolas Joly is famously known for being one of the pioneers of the biodynamic movement. His estate, La Coulée De Serrant, is one of only 3 single-estate appellations within France today (the other two being Romanée Conti and Château-Grillet). It was once an ancient monastic vineyard, and is entirely within the boundaries of Savennières. Nicolas had a career in finance, but left that behind to take over his family’s estate in 1977. His mother had been running it in an old-fashioned way, and he was told that if he took over and use weed killers, he would save a ton of money. He did it, and regretted his decision immensely, as the biodiversity in his vineyards plummeted and the soil seemed to lose all its health. He picked up a book on biodynamics, and never looked back, using only those principles since 1982. His grapes are all chenin blanc, and they harvest quite late, believing that chenin achieves peak complexity and character only when it is picked fully ripe. Les Vieux Clos is his smallest vineyard, being 5.5 hectares planted in 1999 to sélection massale, or the “old way” of planting vineyards, which is replanting with cuttings from exceptional old vines from the same or nearby property. The soil is mostly schist with some quartz and very little sand. The grapes are fermented using only indigenous yeast, aged in neutral barrels for 6-8 months, and is only very lightly filtered. The ripeness of the chenin grapes comes through, with a lovely density on the palate followed by bright orchard fruit, electric acidity, and a subtle nuttiness. It is drinking beautifully today, but will be really stellar in 3-5 years! Biodynamically grown, vegan.

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