With 7 hectares planted on steep slopes along the Loire river in the Savennières appellation, Clos de la Coulée de Serrant is one of the greatest wine estates of the Loire valley. The domaine produces 3 wines: La Coulée de Serrant, Les Vieux Clos and Le Clos de la Bergerie. The soils are mainly made of schist and the vineyards of Chenin Blanc are separated by walls like in Burgundy (thus the names Clos). There are no chemical treatments in the vineyards and special care is given throughout the whole process of raising the grapes (like ploughing with a horse). The result is gorgeous grapes that will genuinely express the identity of the terroir through the wines and which are harvested in several sessions to ensure perfect ripeness. Today, the domaine is managed by Nicolas Joly’s daughter, Virginie.
The vines planted over the last five years were taken from cuttings selected from the oldest vines on the Coulée de Serrant vineyard (vines dating back to 1920). This careful selection reinforces the subtleties that the vineyard has expressed over the centuries. The average age of the vines at the Coulée de Serrant is 30 years. The grape pickers go through the vines a number of times over the harvest period. The picking period can sometimes stretch over a period of a couple of months, to en able the bunches to be picked only when they are ripe.