2004 Nicolas Joly 'Clos de la Bergerie' Roche Aux Moines, Savennieres (750ml)

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2004 Nicolas Joly  'Clos de la Bergerie' Roche Aux Moines

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Country: France
Region: Loire
Sub-Region: Savennieres
Grape Varietal: Chenin Blanc
Review Score: 92WA, 91WS, 90W&S

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Joly’s 2004 Savennieres – Roche-aux-Moines Clos de la Bergerie displays a striking aroma of apricot, fresh quince, almond paste, chicken stock, chalk dust, and musky florality – the sort of smells that makes you wonder that they could come from grapes, which I suppose Joly would argue that they don’t really, Chenin being but the vehicle for expressing terroir and cosmic forces. Firmer, juicier and less flattering in texture than its Clos Sacres stable mate (though faintly oily), this saturates the palate with poached apricot, apricot kernel, pineapple, raspberry preserves, almond paste, and toasted pecan, yet without suggesting more than subtle sweetness. In fact, it manages to display intense ripeness while preserving a certain underlying austerity, here conveyed in the finish by an adamant tone of wet stone rather than the more diverse mineral display of the Clos Sacres. (Nor is there a trace of heat from this wine’s advertised 14.5% alcohol.)

92 points - The Wine Advocate, Issue 172

Has a chewy intensity to the peach pit, green almond, ginger, persimmon and humus notes, followed by crunchy acidity on the rich finish. Very open now, but will age easily. Drink now through 2021. 1,000 cases made.

91 points - Wine Spectator (October 15, 2006)

This offers a complex array of dried peach, floral honey, passion fruit, raspberry and toasted almond flavors, driven by a searing backbone of acidity and spicy minerality. It's not as expansive as the Coulée de Serrant, but it feels livelier and better balanced.

90 points - Wine & Spirits (April 2007)

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