Savennières La Jalousie


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

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Chenin Blanc
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