The wine formerly known as...Vouvray. A long drawn out court case has decreed that neither of Jacky's Vouvray's can be labelled as Vouvray because they are vinified in Montlouis, as a result they are temporarily labelled as Vin de France. Qualitatively of course, nothing has changed.
A little more stone fruit and honey on the nose, more depth and texture than the Montlouis on the palate, silky and reposed with ripe acidity and plenty of cool fleshy fruit.
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.