Nicolas Joly

Nicolas Joly

HISTORY

La Coulée de Serrant is the name of a vineyard planted by Cistercian monks around the year 1130, and since then it has always remained a vineyard: they are almost 900 years of successive and uninterrupted harvests. The small and old monastery, which is part of the estate, has been declared a national historic monument. A few meters away from the monastery you can see the ruins of the castle of "La Roche aux-Moines", around which, in 1214, the famous battle took place in which Philip Augustus defeated Giovanni Senza Terra, son of Giovanni Cuor di Leone. All around the castle there are still ancient vestiges of Celtic, Roman and Carolingian civilizations. The production is divided into three different lines: the Coulée de Serrant (AOC Coulée de Serrant) located on the steep hill overlooking the Loire, a small vineyard of only 7 hectares from which about 25,000 bottles are produced per year; le Vieux clos (AOC Savennières), smaller, from which 8/10 thousand bottles are produced; le Clos de la Bergerie (AOC La Roche aux Moines) capable of producing 15 thousand bottles. Some parcels of these vineyards are on slopes so steep that they force the farmers to work the land with the horse. Since 1962 the Joly family, owner of the estate, has decided to embrace biodynamic viticulture, directing almost 100% of the production towards the Chenin Blanc vine, from which the wonderful "Le Vieux Clos" comes.

Nicolas Joly - Clos de la Coulée de Serrant

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