This historic 12ha vineyard is something Jacky has been helping back to full health over the past two or three years. There are multiple parcels in the clos and only about 12% makes it into the final Cuvée, the rest destined for Dix Arpents and Remus. In 2014 is has extra volume over the Remus Plus, more upfront fruit and succulence, generous with suggestions of stone fruits apricot and peach alongside a sizzling minerality and beautifully ripe acidity. Lovely.
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. A domaine that clearly demonstrates the potential Chenin has for producing some of the world’s great white wines.
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.