Famille Joly 2020 'Clos de la Bergerie' Savennieres Roche aux Moines, Loire Valley, France
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.
Winemaker: Nicolas Joly
Grape Varieties: 100% Chenin Blanc
Terroir / Soil: Clos de la Bergerie provides a unique interpretation of the 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.
Winemaking: 3-5% botrytis-affected grapes included. No settling, no temperature control during fermentation, 100% indigenous yeasts, no fining. 100% Malolactic.
Aging: 6-8 months in old oak barrels
Tasting Notes: Yeasty, flinty, rich, this dry wine can stand the test of time. Ginger, apricot, crushed rock, and marigold intertwine with a tension-filled mid-palate.