Nicolas Joly 'Coulée de Serrant' 2013

Nicolas Joly 'Coulée de Serrant' 2013

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In 1977, former investment banker Nicolas Joly was drawn back to his family’s iconic property in Savennières’ Coulée de Serrant – one of the only monopole appellations in France – by an innate desire to make wine. 

Visited by an official from the board of agriculture, Joly was told that if he started using weedkillers, he’d save 14,000 Francs – but seeing his vineyards rendered lifeless as a result, he knew there must be another way. Seduced by Steiner’s holistic approach to agriculture, Joly painstakingly turned his domaine into a beacon of biodynamics. 

From 7ha of vines on steep schist slopes on the banks of the Loire, Joly crafts mesmerising dry Chenin Blancs using a high proportion of botrytised and late-harvested fruit. Taking over winemaking in recent years, his daughter Virginie’s wines retain their signature slaty minerality and enormous cellaring potential, but with added freshness and delineation.

Celebrated by the great 20th-century gastronome Curnonsky as one of the world’s five best white wines, Coulée de Serrant is worthy of any wino’s bucket list. It gives us great pleasure to present this small parcel – the result of painstaking sourcing and patient cellaring.

First planted in the 12th century by Cistercian monks, ‘La Coulée de Serrant’ is a powerful, radiant example Chenin Blanc. “Lots of richness, lots of fat,” says Joly, but always graceful.

Deep amber. Beeswax, honey, bitter orange, herbs. Beautifully layered and tense.

Wine Details

Type White
Country France
Region Loire
Producer Clos de la Coulée de Serrant
Vintage 2013
Grape Varieties Chenin Blanc
Farming Organic, Biodynamic
Bottle Size 75.0cl