Nicolas Joly Clos De La Bergerie 2016 - AOC La Roche Aux Moines


'From a three hectare site that is a monopole in Roche aux Moine appellation. Schist soils host biodynamic0-farmed chenin blanc vines that make up this highly sought after wine. Nicolas Joly mainlines the late Rudolf Steiner’s agricultural practices with the word ‘holistic’ often used in and around the farming conversations.

Concentrated, rich and lavish white wine of ripe pear and peach scents met by green herb, quince and ginger, sniffs of honeycomb and a light dusting of white pepper. The palate does a similar roll call of characters, oily but still buoyant on clean rivulets of acidity and the whole thing pulls long and to a lip-smacking, fleshy finish of sweet fruit and spice. A faint nutty and root vegetable note builds further detail. Compelling drinking.

- 94 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front 

'It carries another appellation : Savennières Roche aux Moines. The Middle Age of the vines is approximately 25 years. The grounds also made up of schists are a little thicker (30 with 80cm approximately). The outputs are of 25/30 hectolitres per hectare (50 authorized).'

The slopes less marked than for Casting are directed towards the east. The wine makings are made out of wood (never more than new wood 5%) and produce approximately 8/10 000 bottles per annum.' 

- Nicolas Joly 

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