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Nicolas Joly Savenierres Les Vieux Clos 2011 750ml
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Nicolas Joly Savenierres Les Vieux Clos Chenin Blanc 2011

Savennieres - Anjou-Saumur - Loire Valley - France

Professional Wine Reviews for Nicolas Joly Savenierres Les Vieux Clos Chenin Blanc 2011

Rated 91 by Robert Parker
The golden 2011 Savennières Les Vieux Clos from Nicolas Joly started disappointing. It lacked both a clear, aromatic bouquet and a good palate. Although its cork was terribly black and mildewed on the exterior site (which was more or less the case with all the 2011s from this estate) the second bottle I opened a month later was better, offering honey, quince, caramel and nut flavors on the nose and a quite clear and expressive palate with a salty and compact and only slightly bitter finish. Strangely, the first wine became better over the next three weeks when I stored the bottle at a constant temperature of 12° C. Just in case there is a consumer out there who is willing to open an expensive bottle of wine three or more weeks in advance here is my finding of what you could eventually expect: Ripe, sweet and minerally scented aromas of honey, quince confiture and hot stones on the nose are followed by an elegant, sweet, fresh and fruit intense palate and an expressive and persistent finish. However, the finish, which initially was bitter is now much longer and more complex, though it keeps its slightly bitterness which we would hardly tolerate in a clean and modern wine. Obviously you have to be prepared to receive different qualities with the same label. So if you like Russian Roulette you can get a 91 scorer but also <80. I opt for the better bottle here.

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Vintage: 2011

The year 2011 was an interesting year for many northern and central European countries, as the weather was more than unpredictable in the spring and summer. However, in most countries, the climatic conditions thankfully settled down in the late summer and fall. The result of this slightly difficult year of weather in France was a set of surprisingly small yields, but overall, these yields were of a higher quality than those harvested in certain previous years. A fantastic set of wines was also made in Italy and Spain, and the Rioja wines - when released - are set to be very good indeed. Austria also had superb year in 2011, with almost fifty percent more grapes being grown and used for their distinctive Gruner Veltliner wines than in the year before. Possibly the European country which had the finest 2011, though, was Portugal, with wineries in the Douro region claiming this year to be one of the best in decades for the production of Port wine, and the bright, young Vinho Verdes wines. In the New World, the Pacific Northwest saw some of the best weather of 2011, and Washington State and Oregon reportedly had a highly successful year, especially for the cultivation of high quality red wine grapes. Chile and Argentina had a relatively cool year, which certainly helped retain the character of many of their key grape varietals, and should make for some exciting drinking. South Africa had especially good weather for their white wine grape varietals, particularly Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, and many South African wineries are reporting 2011 as one of their best years in recent memory.

Varietal: Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc is widely recognized as being one of the finest and most versatile white wine grape varietals in the world. In their native home of France's Loire Valley, wineries have used this varietal for centuries to produce a wide range of excellent wines, made possible by the fact that the high acidity in the grapes allows vintners to produce everything from dry, still varieties, to sparkling crémants and sweet dessert wines. One of the key features of this grape, and one which has won it many admirers, is the fact that the transparency of the varietal allows it to express the finer features of the terroir it is grown on, and also allows it to demonstrate the skill of the winemaker in the bottle. These grapes are a hardy varietal, growing well in moderate climates and in heavy clay-like soils all over the wine producing world.

Region: Loire Valley

The Loire Valley in France is home to many of the world's finest examples of white, rosé and sparkling wines, with a wide range of both dry and sweet examples being produced each year to international claim. Whilst Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc make up for much of the vineyards in the region, certain areas of the Loire Valley also produce superb red wines, such as the Cabernet Franc wines from the Chenin sub-region. This variety and level of excellence has long been admired, with the Loire Valley being highly favored in the middle ages by the crowned heads of Europe, and with a wine-making tradition which stretches back to the first century and perhaps beyond. The region has a wonderful continental climate, where hot summers meet oceanic winds, and excellent rich terroir carried by the river that flows through it.

Country: France

France is renowned across the globe for its quality wines and the careful expertise which goes into making them, but what is truly remarkable about this relatively small country is the vast range of wines it produces in such huge amounts each year. Not only are the finest red wines in the world said to come from the beautiful regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy, but elsewhere in the country we find the Champagne region, and areas such as the Rhone Valley and the Loire, whose white wines consistently receive awards and accolades by the plenty. This range is a result of the great variety of climatic conditions and terrain found in France, coupled with generations of wine makers working within single appellations. Their knowledge of specific terroirs and grape varieties has, over time, perfected the production of wines within their region, and the end results continue to impress the world to this day.