Closel

Domaine du Closel

Evelyne de Pontbriand took over her venerable family estate—known historically as the Château des Vaults but now as Domaine du Closel—in 2001 in a career change from teaching French literature. Her mother Michèle de Jessey was a notable figure in the Chenin-only appellation of Savennières, having inherited the estate from her aunt, Madame du Closel; she was devoted to all things Savennières, and even became its president, the first woman to run an AOC.

Evelyne inherited her mother’s passion and technical acuity and now meticulously manages the estate, which comprises 13 hectares of Chenin Blanc (as well as 3 of Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon). The estate was certified organic in 2006 and received full biodynamic certification as of the 2015 vintage. Savennières is a famously unique, intense, savory and structured expression of Chenin Blanc, thanks to the preponderance of schist, a form of slate, in its soils; Evelyne has learned from her 16 years on the job that meticulous, minimal farming and winemaking is the most effective way to convey its essence.

For more information, go to: www.savennieres-closel.com

or watch this video for an excellent interview.

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DB5745-17
Organic
L'Esprit Belle Dame VDF Blanc
2017
Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc. The L'Esprit line of wines began at Closel in the 2017 vintage, when virtually all of the estate Chenin crop was... Read More

DB5803-18
Organic
L`Esprit Rosalia Cabernet Sauvignon
2018
Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The L'Esprit line of wines began at Closel in the 2017 vintage, when virtually all of the estate Chenin crop was... Read More

DB0316-15
Biodynamic
Savennières La Jalousie
2015
Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc. La Jalousie is a blend of several parcels of younger (20-year-old) vines planted in schistous soils on gentle hills.... Read More

DB3342-16
Biodynamic
Savennières Les Caillardières
2016
Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc. Single-vineyard bottling from 35-year-old vines on schist with sand. Aged one year in used 400-hl. barrels. Typically... Read More

DB0317-16
Biodynamic
Savennières Clos du Papillon
2016
Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc. The Clos du Papillon is one of the three most celebrated coulées or small ravine-like valleys in Savennières; it and La... Read More