domenica 17 novembre 2013

Nicolas Joly Les Vieux Clos 2010

Nicolas Joly's Chateau de la Roche aux Moines 7 hectares of one of the most celebrated Savennieres producer which has an AOC on his own as a monopole Coulee-de-Serrant.
The father of the biodynamic in France started back in the 1981, which today is still a leading spokes person for the "trendy" of Biodynamic around the world as a leader of the association Le Reinassance des Appelations in english called Return the terroir.
Since 2006, Virginie his daughter takes a position as an oenologist in her fathers winery, she has
contributed to the production of more recent vintage.
 Savennieres  as i wrote previous on this blog is a great Appelation in the Loire valley in France just in the  Anjou section.
 Savennieres is also called the kingdom of dry white wines; the AOC area is limited to the three communes to the south of Angers, on the right bank of the Loire, Savennieres, Bouchemaine and La Possonniere.
There are two distinct denominations within the appellation La Roche aux Moines and La Coulee de Serrant.
145 ha in total including 33 ha for Savennieres-Roche-aux-Moines and 7 ha for Savennieres-Coulee-de-Serrant.
The soil are made up of sandy shale, volcanic and schist. The highest point of the appellation is around 75 meters
Grapes varieties of course Chenin blanc…
Normally I find the wine of Nicolas Joly very inconsistence especially for la Coulee de Serrant to many bottle variation; however lately i had a few bottle of his Les Vieux Clos from 2010 a really beautiful expression of Chenin blanc with fully matured berry with 20% of noble rot berry to enrich color and complex aroma in a completely schist, quartz and sand soil with an average of 20 years old vines.
The wine is a pure expression of the appellation mineral complexity, a bed of chalk, crush rocks and fine saltiness, peach and mature nectarine spine acid present but overlooking the length of the wine, constantly developing in the glass, honey, cereal, wet leaves and wet mushroom with a truffle edge … Ofcourse high in alcohol very pleasant though.

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