La Coulée de Serrant
makes what is probably one of the greatest white wines in the world. Frontline “biodynamist” Nicolas Joly
passionately and intelligently works these dizzyingly steep vineyards, shunning all chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. This is a top quality estate and a true figurehead among the wines of the Loire Valley.
La Coulée de Serrant has its own eponymous appellation that covers only 7 hectares (17 acres). The Chenin Blanc vines, which average about 35 to 40 years of age, cling to two steep hillsides that overlook the Loire. The oldest vines, which are over 80 years of age, provide the wood for new vines, therefore preserving the originality of the terroir. The vineyards, which are partly plowed with a horse and partly worked by hand, give an average yield of 20-25 hectoliters per hectare. The extremely shallow soil sits on a bedrock of oblique red schist that drains very well. The slopes face mainly south-southwest. The grapes are harvested in five passages over a period of three to four weeks in order to obtain the deepest color and most botrytis influence possible. Domaine Nicolas Joly also produces the outstanding Savennières Roche aux Moines.
More informations on the website Coulée de Serrant