2014 Domaine de la Butte (Jacky Blot) "Mi-Pente" Bourgueil

SKU #1269058 Jancis Robinson

 Destemmed. Fermented in 50-hl oak vats, then aged in barriques, 30% new, for just over a year. Deep, glowing crimson. Savoury, dark and spicy. Ripe cherries, fabulous fruit quality but not simple. Deep and long and just a little chewy but rounded. 17.5/20 points (JH)  (1/2016)

K&L Notes

This is Jacky's "Grand Cru," if you will. This is picked from vines which are planted mid slope where the top soil is thin and the vine's roots hit the limestone almost immediately. In a really good year he might harvest 20 hectoliters per hectare - that is not a lot! The wine spends roughly 18 months in barrique (50% used/50% used) and is typically the last wine of the vintage to be bottled.

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Staff Image By: Eric Story | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/3/2016 | Send Email
Really good concentration of dark berry fruit with a wound up middle and a tannin structure which is almost chewy. This is a well integrated and balanced Cab Franc which would love to be decanted for a good two hours, at least. Also comes along with an extremely fresh and juicy finish.

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Cabernet Franc

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