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Château de la Roche-aux-Moines

The winery is located in the municipality Savennières in the French wine region Loire, Nicolas Joly (* 1945), the legendary owner during his lifetime, is one of the most important pioneers of the biodynamic viticulture, The graduate economist with an MBA from Columbia University in New York took over his parents' winery in 1977. By chance he came up with the ideas of the anthroposophist Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) in touch, was enthusiastic and consistently converted the entire company in the 1980s according to anthroposophical guidelines. In 1997 he published the book "Le vin - du ciel à la terre" (German: "soulful wine"). The vineyards cover a total of 15 hectares of vineyards. This already includes the Cistercians created and privately owned steep slope Coulée-de-Serrant (or Clos de la Coulée-de-Serrant) with seven hectares of vineyards. This vineyard is classified as a separate Savennières Coulée-de-Serrant appellation.

Château de la Roche-aux-Moines - Nicolas Joly in the vineyard

The 100% unmixed out Chenin Blanc Dry white wine "Coulée de Serrant" is one cult wine, is called the best white wine in the Loire and is one of the best and most expensive wines in the world, The winery also owns three hectares of the similar AOC Savennières Roche-aux-Moines . The white wine of the same name is made from the "Clos de la Bergerie" vineyard located here. Both wines only peak after five to ten years at the earliest. Joly recommends that the wines be added 24 hours a day decant, From three hectares of normal AOC Savennières the white wine "Becherelle" is produced from Chenin Blanc. Nicolas Joly also founded the organic association La Renaissance des Appellations,

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