Famille Joly

Loire, France

Les Vieux Clos, AOC Savennières — 2022

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  • Introduction

    • WINERY: Famille Joly is widely known as one of the greatest biodynamic wine producers in France, embodying the intersection of well-respected history and refined technique. The estate is owned by the Joly family, led by Nicolas Joly, and aims to express the natural balance and beauty of the Loire Valley Chenin Blanc vineyards with respect and minimal intervention.

      WINE Les Vieux Clos provides an inviting taste into the Famille Joly style. The 5.5 hectares vineyard is planted on light slopes facing east in the mountainous AOC Savennières appellation. Yields are kept at 25 hectoliters per hectare (well below the 50 hl/ha requirement of the appellation). Unique to this wine in the portfolio, fermentation can be completed partly in tank.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: AOC Savennières
    • Location: Loire Valley
    • Cultivation: Organic - Ecocert & Demeter 1981; Biodynamic - Ecocert & Demeter 1981
    • Vine Age: 35 year-old vines
    • Soil: Schist, sand
    • Exposure: East facing slopes
    • Density: 4,800-6,700 vines/ha
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2022 vintage started uncomfortably just as the 2020 and 2021 vintages. Frost announced itself end of April. Even if it had indeed some impact still we lost much much less than previous years. A rainy period followed during flowering in the Spring, therefore we had a various presence of grapes. Summer was very hot and very dry. In the beginning of August berries were not bigger than peas. Because of the lack of water we started to doubt even being able to harvest! Finally some rain arrived end of August and maturity of the grapes progressed quickly in very good conditions. Because of the high temperature we could harvest only during the mornings. The result is a very elegant and balanced vintage, very representative of a great chenin from the Loire valley.

    • Yields: 13 hl/ha
  • Vinification

    • Fermented naturally with 100% indigenous yeasts with no temperature control. The wine goes through full malolactic fermentation naturally, followed by a period of aging for 12 months in used oak barrels. No fining or filtering before bottling.

    • Aging: 12 months in old oak barrels
    • Bottled: December 2023
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Chenin Blanc
    • Alcohol: 14%
    • TA: 3.6 g/L
    • RS: 2 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • The wine provides expressive exotic notes of ginger and coriander balanced with an accent of salinity. Les Vieux Clos is often considered the most aromatic of the three wines.