2007 Nicolas Joly Savennieres Coulee De Serrant
"The vineyard was planted in 1130 by Cistercian monks. Savennieres : 3 hectares. AIl three appellation are planted with the Chenin vine variety. The vines planted over the last five years were taken from cuttings selected from the oldest vines on the Coulee 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 Coulee de Serrant is 30 years. The domaine started biodynamic farming in 1980. Since 1984, the entire vineyards has been farmed biodymalically. Since 1984, no synthetic chemical products, insecticides, systemic products or nitrates have been usel on the property."
"A small amount of sulphur and "bouillie bordelaise" (copper and lime) are sprayed each year on the vines (about 10 kilos of "bouillie bordelaise" per hectare, the equivalent of 2,5 kilos of copper). Sulphur has a beneficial effect when the vines are in flower. The amount of copper is limited, an excess would be harmful to the life of the soil."
"The grape pickers go througs the vines a number of times over the harvest period. The picking period can sometimes stretch over a period of a couple of months, to enable the bunches to be picked only when they are ripe." - Winery
History and Philosophy:
"I don't only want a good wine but also a true wine." - Nicolas Joly
"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 picked up by chance, he became fascinated by the concept, and embarked on a experimental reconversion of a small area of vineyards. Rapidly convinced by the results, he started to implement biodynamic practices across the estate and has been Demeter and Ecocert certified since 1984. In 2001, he founded "La Renaissance des Appellations/Return to Terroir" and today the organization boasts 140 producers from around world. He has written many books on the subject, and is widely considered a pioneer and leader of the biodynamic wine movement." - Importer
This wine was also scored 89 Points by the Wine Advocate.