Louis Dressner Selections - Wine Importer
Savennières from Domaine du Closel - Château des Vaults.
Evelyne de Pontrbriand.


Chateau des Vaults in Savennières dates back to 1495, and was inherited by Michèle de Jessey in 1962 from her childless aunt Madame du Closel. Michèle and Jacques de Jessey turned the small family estate into Domaine du Closel. The entire vineyard is located on the most western hill of Savennières and includes some of the best parcels in the AOC: Les Caillardières and Clos du Papillon. The topsoil is shallow, very warm and consists of purple/green schist and sandstone, enriched with volcanic rocks (quartz, phtanites, ryolites and spilites) in the best areas.


This interview with Evelyne De Jessey took place on a bus from Los Angeles to San Francisco in March 2011.


A.O.C Savennières "Jalousie":
Soil: quartz schist and sandstone, decomposed schist
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Vines: 15-20 years old
Yields: 35 hl/ha
Vinification: aged 12 months on the lees.