The 50-60-year-old Mi-Pente vines sit in prime position half way up Jacky’s slopes, producing concentrated, powerful wines that require a number of years in bottle to show at their best. When mature, they represent some of the finest wines in the appellation. The 2014 is far more brooding and dark fruited than either of its siblings, with powerful tannic structure and savoury minerality. Delicious, but definitely a vin de garde.
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.