Nicolas Joly

Les Vieux Clos Savennières Chenin Blanc

8.994 ratings
8.938 pro ratings
Savennières, Anjou-Saumur, Loire Valley, France
Chenin Blanc
Turkey, Vanilla & Caramel, Fruit & Berries, Exotic Spices, Salads & Greens, Pate, Potato, Tomato-Based, Chicken, Fruit Desserts, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pungent Cheese, Squash & Root Vegetables, Goat & Feta Cheese, Cheddar & Gruyere, Sweet Potato, Yuca, Taro, Baking Spices, Chili & Hot Spicy, Nuts & Seeds, Soft Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Quinoa, Shellfish, Sweet Potato
Top Notes For
Andrew Holod

National Sales Grapes of Spain

9.7

Best bottle I've cracked in some time. Even the less savvy wine drinkers at dinner commented on its complexity and ability to pair w food. I did not decant or let it breathe, just pop and pour. Delicious w Olde Salt oysters from the Chesapeake Bay.

Best bottle I've cracked in some time. Even the less savvy wine drinkers at dinner commented on its complexity and ability to pair w food. I did not decant or let it breathe, just pop and pour. Delicious w Olde Salt oysters from the Chesapeake Bay.

Sep 8th, 2018
Joyce Lin

Steel, mineral, not too much yellow apple on the nose, med plus acidity

Steel, mineral, not too much yellow apple on the nose, med plus acidity

Jul 25th, 2017
Scott Barber

Wine Educator Meadowood Napa Valley

9.4

I may have to change my opinion of Joly! Everything you want in a Savennieres. Looks like Apple cider, dandelion, honey, wet wool, battery acid and wet rocks. That doesn't sound nearly as amazing as it is!

I may have to change my opinion of Joly! Everything you want in a Savennieres. Looks like Apple cider, dandelion, honey, wet wool, battery acid and wet rocks. That doesn't sound nearly as amazing as it is!

Jul 22nd, 2017
Hank Beckmeyer

Owner/Winemaker La Clarine Farms

8.7

Sappy. Resin. Chenin.

Sappy. Resin. Chenin.

2 people found it helpfulFeb 16th, 2014
William Hughes

This is a geeky Savennières. Fennel seed, limestone, nutmeg, and bruised pear on the nose and palate. Succulent and precise! Perhaps some skin extraction adding some gritty bite. This will age well.

This is a geeky Savennières. Fennel seed, limestone, nutmeg, and bruised pear on the nose and palate. Succulent and precise! Perhaps some skin extraction adding some gritty bite. This will age well.

Aug 21st, 2016
Rebecca Fletcher

M+ intensity. Apricot, honey, smokey, minerality, flint, char, white pepper. M+ acid, m body. Nutty, bitter, orange rind, caramel. Complex, balanced, long finish.

M+ intensity. Apricot, honey, smokey, minerality, flint, char, white pepper. M+ acid, m body. Nutty, bitter, orange rind, caramel. Complex, balanced, long finish.

Aug 2nd, 2016
Chris MacLean

I've been told there's bottle variation with Joly, but this one is very lively. Deep beeswax and saline notes.

I've been told there's bottle variation with Joly, but this one is very lively. Deep beeswax and saline notes.

Jul 4th, 2016
Mikey Giugni

Owner/Winemaker Scar of the Sea wines & ciders

9.0

Interesting wine. Took us on a ride. Thai peanut sauce

Interesting wine. Took us on a ride. Thai peanut sauce

Mar 22nd, 2016
Ellen Clifford

I liked this 5.5 times more than I thought I would based on looks, smell, and a downright wonky looking cork (because it is bottled in the German Riesling overfilling style). It hits you with pine, resins and pineapple and is somehow dry but full-bodied and (again) resin-y. As it has been getting air over the last hour it is transforming. After 30 minutes I was getting more spices, honeysuckle and I dunno, chrysanthemum? On top of the pineapple loveliness I'm enjoying. Totally digging this biodynamic idiosyncrasy.

I liked this 5.5 times more than I thought I would based on looks, smell, and a downright wonky looking cork (because it is bottled in the German Riesling overfilling style). It hits you with pine, resins and pineapple and is somehow dry but full-bodied and (again) resin-y. As it has been getting air over the last hour it is transforming. After 30 minutes I was getting more spices, honeysuckle and I dunno, chrysanthemum? On top of the pineapple loveliness I'm enjoying. Totally digging this biodynamic idiosyncrasy.

Feb 13th, 2016
Travis Morningstar

Logan's Roadhouse peanut shell Shangri-la.

Logan's Roadhouse peanut shell Shangri-la.

Oct 9th, 2015