Famille Joly

Loire, France

Clos de la Coulée de Serrant, Monopole AOC Coulée de Serrant — 2020

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  • Introduction

    • Considered one of the greatest dry white wines in France, the Clos de la Coulée de Serrant has its own AOC and is entirely owned by the Joly family. A remarkable expression of the land, this Chenin Blanc is produced from 7 hectares of vineyards aging 40 to 50 years-old. With steep slopes and southern exposure, the soil is composed of shale outcroppings (schist) interspersed with quartz. The site on which the vines are planted has remained under vine since 1130. Unparalleled in intensity and complexity, the energy of the property is bottled in this iconic and limited offering that will develop for years to come.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyard Owner: Joly Family
    • Size: 7 Hectares
    • Vine Age: 45-50 years
    • Soil: Shale outcropping (schist), quartz
    • Exposure: Southern
    • Density: 20 hectoliters per hectare
    • First Year of Production: 1130
  • Vintage Report

    • A very early spring and flowering, beginning in June, with rain unfortunately at the same time. The harvest was very early, with the first pick on the 3rd of September and second and third picks the following two weeks. For the first time, harvest was done only in the mornings with temperatures over 30°C (86 F) in the afternoon! Despite the unusual weather, the behavior in the cellar was very balanced. Fermentation completed fairly quickly, over 2 and a half months. Because of the early picking dates, there was very little botrytis, only about 5%. All three wines present a long mouth, the elegance of chenin grapes with 40 years of biodynamic practice, expressing all the complexity of their slate terroir.

  • Vinification

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

    • Malolactic: 100%
    • Barrel Aging: 8 months in old oak barrels
    • Fining: None
  • Technical Information

    • Alcohol: 14.67%
    • TA: 3.5 g/L
    • RS: 1.2 g/L



  • Clos de la Coulée de Serrant, Monopole — 2020 – Wine & Spirits – 95 Points

    “Its finish feels together on day one, but it took five days to fully show its range of honeyed flavors with almond-skin savor. It lasts and lasts on a snap of lemon verbena flavor with malic grip.”