After 15 years of creating masterful Chenins from Vouvray and Montlouis at his Taille aux Loups Domaine, Jacky Blot has turned his hand to the red wines of Bourgueil. After buying the 14-hectare estate in 2002, this Loire maestro has already made an enormous impact by adopting a Burgundian approach in the vineyard, each cuvée is fermented separately according to its position on the slope. The grapes are picked by hand and crushed by foot before fermentation and élévage in oak cask. These are sensational small production red wines and are some of the most sensual Cabernet Francs in the world.
The 50-60-year-old Mi-Pente vines sit in prime position half way up Jacky’s slopes, producing concentrated, powerful grapes that in 2011 managed to escape the rot that growers on Bourgeuil’s plains experienced. In its youth there is a little oak evident on the nose, yet below this there is a lovely pure sweet fruit expression of blackcurrant, plum and bramble, garlanded with flowers and strung through with super fine tannins and sweet earthy minerals. This is deep and elemental but perfectly balanced through a long pure finish. This pretty much has it all. A top Bourgeuil.