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Jacky Blot's 2015s and 2016s - great Loire whites hitting their stride
14 May 2019

Chenin Blanc is something of a sommelier darling at the moment. And it’s not hard to see why. Possessing excellent natural acidity, intense and often complex flavours and ability to age for decades, it offers drinkers an affordable alternative to white Burgundy and is a fantastic partner to great food. Across the new world, from established hotspots like South Africa to newer converts like America, growers are finding it capable of producing wines that maintain freshness even in warmer conditions. But of course its spiritual home is in the Loire. Here, great limestone and schist soils produce wines of startlingly clairity and energy. They can be broad yet steely, with some of the minerality and acidity of Riesling alongside the depth of Chardonnay, commingling creaminess and seduction with sheer nerve and laser cut lines.    Read More

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