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By Kerry Winslow

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joly07.gif2007 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Bergerie Savennières, French White (Chenin Blanc)
Biodynamic farming and natural winemaking are this wines hallmarks and strengths, though it is a slightly wild and funky wine that takes time to get to know and love, and I do love it. The color is mature, very golden and the wine shows oxidation with hints of sherry, straw and verbena, but it is still intriguing and deep with character and charms. The nose has chalk, apple and a hint of citrus flower, before a crisp palate of yellow peach, apple and lemon with a touch of herb, butterscotch and dusty minerals. There is a rocky and earthy undertone that gives added complexity, while the nice acidity keeps everything in order and brightens the wine up. This wine is pure terroir and a very different expression of the Loire and the Chenin Blanc grape, and a wine very much worth finding for a special occasion. (*$$$) 94 Points, grapelive

*I saw it available last at around $65 a bottle…

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