Savennières: Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Nicolas Joly 2020
Savennières: Coulée de Serrant - a wonderfully complex, dry white wine commonly regarded as the 'nec plus ultra' of the appellation. Warming vanilla aromas and flavours of nuts and honey slowly unfurl on the palate and develop with ageing. A sophisticated, contemplative wine that merits wider recognition. Certified organic.
Savennières: Coulée de Serrant is not a wine for instant gratification. Aficionados aver that it is a wine best approached with at least 4 years bottle-age and that it should be decanted well in advance; some say a whole day in advance. With a complex bouquet of conference pears, quince and fennel and a multi-faceted palate of orchard fruit, herbs and minerals it is a wine that every oenophile should sample - if only to form their personal opinion.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Loire, Savennières|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Chenin Blanc|
|Cellarage||It will develop with age over 10 years or more.|
|Vinification||The juice from the Chenin Blanc grapes is not settled, and the wines go into fermentation with lots of grape solids which carry aroma into the wine and make it robust. No temperature control is used during fermentation to allow it to occur naturally and no yeasts are added. The wine ferments and matures in 600-litre oak casks and is not fined.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14.5|
Coulée de Serrant is the most famous of the two sub-appellations or Grands Crus with the Savennières appellation. The vines planted over the last five years were taken from cuttings selected from the oldest vines on Nicolas Joly's 'Clos de la Coulée de Serrant' vineyard (vines dating back to 1920). This careful selection reinforces the subtleties that the vineyard has expressed over the centuries. The average age of the vines at the Coulée de Serrant is 30 years. The domaine started biodynamic farming in 1980. Since 1984, the entire vineyard has been farmed biodynamically and no synthetic chemical product, insecticides, systemic products or nitrates have been used on the property. The estate is farmed by Nicolas Joly, one of France's foremost exponents of biodynamism.
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