Famille Joly

Loire, France

Clos de la Bergerie, AOC Savennières Roche aux Moines — 2021

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  • Introduction

    • Clos de la Bergerie provides a unique interpretation of site, taking in the moderating and gentle east facing slopes of AOC Savennières Roche aux Moines. The Joly family owns 3.5 hectares of the appellation. The vineyard comprises the same soil composition as Coulée de Serrant, schist and quartz, but with deeper soil and milder slopes, allowing the maturity to peak just slightly later. A rich and powerful wine set to stand the test of time.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: AOC Savennières Roche aux Moines
    • Cultivation: Organic and Biodynamic since 1981
    • Vine Age: 40 years on average on 3.5 hectares
    • Soil: Shale and sand
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2021 vintage is the smallest volume we’ve ever produced. Frost hit badly and by late April about 60% of the crops were lost. The cold weather finally subsided and flowering happened in late June, with good weather conditions and not much disease pressure. A quiet, hot, and dry summer. The berries matured slowly and gained a bit more volume through early September, with the harvest starting on September 27.

      The positive side of a late vintage is that the botrytis appears at the end of September with the morning fog of the Loire. The small harvest was finished within 10 days but in very beautiful conditions. Fermentation went smoothly up to January and the wines stayed on the fine lees until final racking, filtration, and bottling at the end of June. The wine is very balanced and very elegant.

    • Yields: 5 hl/ha
  • Vinification

    • 100% indigenous yeasts, no settling, no temperature control during fermentation

    • Malolactic: 100%
    • Aging: 5 months in old oak barrels (no new wood)
    • Fining: None
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chenin Blanc
    • Alcohol: 14.5%
    • TA: 3.4 g/L
    • RS: 1.6 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • This 2021 Clos de la Bergerie is marked by its vintage. Affected by the frost, the fruit offered greater concentration at the time of harvest. The wine is showing the usual oxidative note balanced with the intensity of the fruit and a great acidity



  • Clos de la Bergerie, AOC Savennières Roche aux Moines — 2021 – Wine Spectator – 91 Points

    "An offbeat style, with good richness and concentration to the mirabelle plum, crushed apple, acacia and honeycomb flavors. Silky and broad on the palate, with citrus oil and serious herbaceousness weaving through. The bitter-edged finish shows good complexity as well as sun tea and acacia highlights."