Nicolas Joly is a French winegrower in the Loire wine region, and one of the pioneers and leading personalities of the biodynamic wine movement.

At the time he took over the family estate, Joly was sceptical about modern agriculture and the effect it had on nature. He encountered a book on biodynamic farming and took an active interest in the ideas found there, and from 1980 started to experiment with them in his wine estate. From 1981, the estate’s top wine Clos de la Coulée de Serrant has been made biodynamically, and from 1984 the estate’s entire range has been produced biodynamically.

Coulée de Serrant is among the very few single vineyards monopole to be granted its own AOC; others include Romanée-Conti, La Tâche, and Château-Grillet.

Joly has later written extensively on biodynamic wine production, and has served as an inspiration to many other wine producers who have converted to biodynamic practices.

His biodynamic convictions also means that Joly disapproves of the label “winemaker” to the extent that his business card is reported to read “Nicolas Joly, Gérant de la Société, Nature assistant and not a winemaker”.

Tasting Notes

Obtained from pure Chenin Blanc grapes, coming from the vineyard Les Vieux Clos, where we find vines with an average age of 30 years. Harvesting is manual, and the fermentation takes place spontaneously in double 500 l used oak barriques. Continue aging for 6/8 months on fine lees in the same containers. Les Vieux Clos is intense straw yellow color. The nose emanates fragrances that recall the yellow frosty fruit, florelai notes, minerals and honey. In the mouth is structured, round with fresh freshness and good finish.