Domaine du Closel in Savennières has a history stretching back to the Napoleonic era and produces marvellously intense, dry white wines. Today it is owned and run by Mme. de Jessey, who inherited it from her aunt, and her daughter Evelyne de Pontbriand. They have 12 hectares of vineyards planted with Chenin Blanc, some of which are 70 years old.
The wines are fermented and matured in oak barrels. 3 different cuvées of Savennières are produced, and it is the Clos du Papillon, which is made from grapes grown on schist and limestone, that shows the greatest intensity, concentration and ageing potential.