Reading Wine Labels: Loire Valley
The domaine name is clearly displayed on this label, Clos de la Coulee de Serrant. The appellation (legally defined wine-producing region) is Savennières, and in particular from a specific region of higher quality within Savennières known as Coulée de Serrant, after which the domaine has been named. In very small type beneath the appellation details is the statement Vin issu d'agriculture biodynamique, informing us that the proprietor of this domaine grows his grapes using biodynamic methods. His name can be found at the foot of the label, beneath the vintage 1992. Nicolas Joly declares himself a Proprietaire-Viticulteur au Château de la Roche-aux-Moines. Mis en bouteilles au Château means the wine is bottled at the domaine.