Les Hauts de Husseau, 2015

  Domaine de la Taille aux Loups

£103.50 for 3x150cl
10 cs, 2 btls
£95.00 for 6x75cl
10 cs, 3 btls

A note of gooseberry and then slate and salt. On the palate this has an almost champagne like intensity and focus. Very bright, with a touch of smoke and fine oak, but also real clarity of finely etched flavours. Salt and fine clear fruit, bergamot and steely minerals. This is mouth-watering and delicious Chenin that has years ahead of it. Formerly known as Remus plus, Hauts de Husseau cuvee comes from multiple high old vine parcels of between 60 and 100 years old planted on poor soils with high chalk content. The wine is fermented in primarily old barriques using wild yeasts.

Contains Sulphites.

About Domaine de la Taille aux Loups

In 1988, Jacky Blot set up this Domaine attempting to drag the Montlouis appellation out of the shadows of its neighbour, Vouvray. Jacky is one of the world’s greatest exponents of the Chenin Blanc variety, his 12.5 hectares of vines are planted with nothing else. His viticultural philosophy sees him working closely with nature; fertilisation is now an extinct practice, chemical treatments are practically non-existent and pruning is radically short, keeping yields down to an average 25 hl/ha. At harvest time picking is by hand, successive tris are undertaken and a severe grape selection is carried out. The wines are then vinified in Bordeaux barriques, both new and old (depending on the particular cuvée) in cool rock-hewn cellars. In Taille aux Loups Jacky has created a domaine that clearly demonstrates the potential Chenin has for producing some of the world’s greatest, and longest lived white wines.

Jacky echews malo-lactic fermentation in all his cuvees which gives these wines a wonderfully racy, precise clear cut feel and equips them well for long ageing in bottle. Fermentation and elevage is carried out in barriques and all his cuvees receive the same oak treatment: 20% new, then equal parts one, two, three and four years old barriques.

A guide to the Jacky's cuvees:

The Domaine's 'Entry' level cuvee is actually a blend of multiple parcels from around the village, comprising vines aged between 20-100 years old. Pretty smart vine age for the first wine in a range of wines. The various plots takes in most of the different soil types found around Montlouis, alongside a few declassified barrels from the single vineyard sites. In effect this cuvee represents the snapshot of Montlouis in a given vintage and offers Blot brilliance at a great price.

Clos Mosny
A large and historically important vineyard that Jacky is bringing back to former glories. Of the 12 hectares under vine within the Clos, only half make the grade for this cuvee. The soils are made up of sandy clay and flint, with clay and limestone underneath and the vines are south-facing on a gentle incline. This is a cuvee that combines ripeness with tension and marvellous fruit.

Hauts de Husseau (formerly Remus Plus)
Renamed for the 2015 vintage, Hauts de Husseau is a single plot of 70-90 year old vines chosen for its interesting geology. It is the highest vineyard in the appellation with very thin flinty soils covering a bed of limestone. The wines are racy, precise and taut but also highly refined.

Clos de la Bretonniere, Vin de France (Vouvray)
A named vineyard of 4 Hectares on vouvray's renowned 'Premiere Cote', where the appellations finest wines come from. Owing to a dispute with the INAO, as of the 2014 vintage these wines can no longer carry the name Vouvray as they are vinified in Montlouis at Jacky's domaine. Though of course, though the label calls them Vin de France, the wine is the bottle is all Vouvray. Bretonniere is a south-east facing vineyard with a thin covering of clay above limestone.

Clos de Venise, Vin de France (Vouvray)
A top quality 1 hectare south facing vineyard again on Vouvray's renowned 'Premiere Cote'. The vines here sit in limestone with a sprinkling of clay and flint on the surface and the resulting wines are some of the appellations finest.

Appellation: Montlouis

Perhaps overshadowed by its neighbour Vouvray, Montlouis has the ability to produce some of the most exciting and delicious Chenin Blanc, from the totally dry to Botrytised sweet examples. These are taut mineral wines with exceptional acidities and ability to age beautifully in bottle.

Grape Type: Chenin Blanc

Now widely planted across the world (notably in South Africa), Chenin Blanc is a white grape variety native to the Loire Valley where it produces a range of wine styles; sweet, dry and sparkling with complexity, depth and often longevity. In the middle Loire, Chenin Blanc is used for Anjou, Montlouis, Saumur, Savennieres, Vouvray, and Coteaux du Layon and Quarts de Chaume wines.