Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulee de Serrant Savennieres 2007
Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 15.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
It is an "appellation controlee" of only 7 hectares. The vines are 35 to 40 years of average age; the oldest are more than 80 years and give wood to make new vines carrying the originality of the place.
"It is not easy to describe one of the majestic wines of France. This 2007 is still a wine in the making. All the elements are there: the intensity of dry fruits, the richness of spice and white fruit jams, opulent and austere at the same time. It is an extraordinary wine, with freshness, sweetness, dryness and acidity all just about perfectly balanced. Give it at least seven years."
"Yellow-gold. Intensely floral, mineral-driven scents of pear, honey, spicecake and minerals. Intense minerality adds vibrancy to the orchard fruit and citrus flavors, with a deeper note of honey emerging on the back half. Shows impressive clarity and steely focus for a rich wine, finishing with lingering stoniness and a touch of bitter lemon. This is the freshest, fruitiest and most linear bottling of this wine I've seen since the stunning 1986. "
International Wine Cellar
"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. Drink now through 2015. 1,600 cases made."
- 12/2/2010 (30 items) (viewed 487 times)
- 8/10/2011 (47 items) (viewed 365 times)
- 9/22/2011 (21 items) (viewed 326 times)
Learn About Nicolas Joly Map It
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...
Read More About Nicolas Joly
Learn About Loire
It's unfortunate that this region is so under appreciated and overlooked - the wines from the Loire Valley are outstanding. They are delicious examples of varietal and soil expression and the wide range of wines is so refreshing. Dry, sweet, sparkling, red, white… all represented here in the Loire. The main white grapes are Chenin Blanc, Muscadet and Sauvignon Blanc. For reds...
Read More About Loire
Learn About Chenin Blanc
Model of Versatility
The best representation of the Chenin Blanc grape can be found in the
Valley of France - more specifically, the regions of Vouvray, Savennieres,
Anjou and Samur. The versatility of the grape allows it to produce wines both
dry and sweet, still and sparkling - and you can find all examples in the...
Read More About Chenin Blanc