Highlights : Nicolas Joly 2016 Clos de la Coulée de Serrant

Clos de la Coulée de Serrant is a 7ha monopole and a French AOC in its own right, one of the very few single-owner sites to garner its own appellation. This special wine, of course, belongs to biodynamicist extraordinaire Nicolas Joly, and was first planted in 1130 by Cistercian monks on steep plots of shallow schist and quartz. There is nothing this wine could be except what it is. Harvested by hand over three to four weeks, the native fermentation lasts two to four months in tanks and barrels, after which the wine rests for six – eight months on fine lees in neutral 500 litre oak barrels (no more than 5% new). It’s bottled with a light filtration, no fining, and a low amount of sulfur dioxide. Distinctive chenin waxy / wooliness sets the stage for this full bodied (15% alcohol) drink of white honey, beeswax, crystalline lemon, bracketed by bamboo slight sides that hold this wine taut. Yes, there’s an energy, edge, and depth here that sets this savoury, bone dry wine apart, even in youth. This wine will last a decade+ easy in your cellar. 94/100

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Treve Ring

Treve Ring is a wine writer and editor, judge and speaker, and perpetual traveller. [She is also Correspondent Anorak.]