This is as good an Haut de la Butte as we've tasted from Jacky, all blueberry, blackcurrant leaf and dark cherry fruit with cracked coriander and pepper notes below. Structurally sumptuous and fine with beautiful ripe fresh acidity and suave tannins. Immensely drinkable Bourgeuil.
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.
Sitting on the North banks of the Loire the generally south facing vineyards of Bourgeuil are predominantly planted with Cabernet Franc and can produce some of France's most interesting and best value medium bodied red wines.