Savennières La Jalousie

2018
France
Loire

100% Chenin Blanc. La Jalousie is a blend of several parcels of younger (20-year-old) vines planted in schistous soils on gentle hills. Like the rest of the Closel vines, they are biodynamically farmed, low-yielding and harvested by hand. They are the first of the estate to be harvested, when the grapes are pale yellow, crisp and totally healthy. The bunches are direct-pressed, then fermented with native yeasts and a small amount of sulfur in tank. The wine is tank-aged on its lees, without any exposure to air, for 9 months before bottling. Normally, Jalousie doesn't go through malo but in the warm 2018 vintage, it did so. Jalousie is intended  to be a modern rendition of Savennières: approachable  and fresh in its youth, as a result of not being over-ripened, botrytis-influenced or long- or wood-aged.

92 points
"Light golden. Beautiful aromas of honeysuckle, spring herbs, bright citrus, and a hint of talc on the nose. Zesty acidity, lots of juicy grapefruit and lime, white pepper, and a saline finish. Fresh and lovely."
Jason Wilson,
Vinous Media
, July 2020
92 points
"An expansive white, featuring notes of mirabelle plum, heather and honeysuckle, with savory mineral accents gliding along. Electric acidity imparts energy, building a firm frame with pronounced minerality. Picks up beeswax hints midpalate that extend on the finish. Best from 2022 through 2033. 240 cases imported."
Alecks Zecevic,
Wine Spectator
, May 2020
91 points
"even if the wine carries it fairly well. 2021-2040. 88. 2018 Savennières “la Jalousie”- Domaine du Closel The la Jalousie bottling from Domaine du Closel is their younger vine cuvée, as these vines average around twenty years of age and are always the first to be harvested each year. This benefited them in the hot summer of 2018, as this wine comes in at 13.5 percent octane. Typically, this wine does not go through malolactic fermentation, but it did so in the warm conditions of 2018. Consequently, the wine shows a bit of almost toastiness on the nose, which also offers up scents of apple, quince, chalk dusty soil tones and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and solid at the core, with fine soil undertow, zesty acids and a long, complex and very nicely balanced finish. Due to its going through malo, the 2018 la Jalousie has rather a unique personality this year, but it has fine depth, length and complexity and is quite enjoyable in its style. 2021-2045. "
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
, May-June 2021

SKU/Code: 
DB0316-18
Product Line: 
Wine
White
Varietal: 
Chenin Blanc
Farming Type: 
Biodynamic