Nicolas Joly—the Father of Rebirth

Posted on March 6, 2010 in Wine

Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant 2003

Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant 2003
Medium-dark golden in color, with hints of orange.  Deep, rich fruit, with faint sweet candied nuances— golden apple, lime, caramel,  bright new wood; faint herbal notes, menthol, Corinth raisins, pineapple, lychee, plum, apricot, slightest hint of caramel, brown spices; as it evolves mineraltiy and nectar, caramelized apricots, pronounced nectar; faint white peach.

The palate is round with supple mouthfeel—amazing structure; lush golden apples, with ripe undercurrents of apricot, plum, brown spice; layers and layers of ripe fruit, faint nectar; faint lemon, crisp apples, mineral notes. Balanced acids, supple, lemon, apricot.  Lingering, immensely full finish. Complete, luscious. Faint peach.

Opened 4 days: left in cupboard 20 hours— nose of golden apples, faint apricot, lemon peel bright, cedar, pear, faint pineapple and tropical fruit. Still well built, far from tired. The palate is balanced, golden apple, faint pear tropical fruit, traces of tame wood, apple sauce, lemon—amazing lingering balance.

For those who have miraculously not had the pleasure of getting to know these singular wines—they must be allowed time to open; and, ideally, age in the bottle.  That said, young, they are simple astounding and unequaled.

To learn more about the biodynamic wine movement—Joly is the catalyst of its rebirth—read Wine: From Sky to Earth (Growing and Appreciating Biodynamic Wine).  I dare you to put it down after reading the first page.


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