2017 Jacky Blot Domaine de la Butte "Pied de la Butte" Bourgueil

SKU #1401137 92 points John Gilman

 The 2017 Bourgueil 'le Pied de la Butte' from Jacky Blot is a nicely cool customer (twelve percent octane) that is intensely flavored and light on its feet. The superb bouquet jumps from the glass in a complex and very pure blend of dark berries, cherries, tree bark, cigar ash, dark soil tones, a discreet framing of cedar and a bit of upper register menthol. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, tangy and nicely soil-driven, with a very good core of fruit, ripe tannins and a long, vibrant and nascently complex finish. This is a lovely bottle of Bourgueil in the making, which is already quite approachable, but will be even better with a bit of bottle age. 2018-2040+.  (9/2018)

Wine Spectator

 Fresh, with light-bodied but racy blood orange and damson fruit flavors lined with floral and mineral accents. Almost breezy through the finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,000 cases made. (JM) Web 2018

K&L Notes

Jacky Blot discovered wine as a junior pâtissier while working at a restaurant in Paris in his younger days. Eventually deciding to follow the winemaking track in life, he ultimately came to acquire the Domaine la Taille aux Loups in Montlouis sur Loire, some twenty years ago, and eventually added the Domaine de la Butte in Bourgueil to his portfolio. The two estates both reside along the Loire and perhaps do not have the same notoriety as their kissing cousins, Vouvray and Chinon. But what Jacky does is extremely special and his wines rival the quality levels of many of those more famous regions' top producers. The Domaine de la Butte "Pied de la Butte" comes from the lower part of one of Jacky's most favored vineyards. These 35+ year old vines reside in a mix of clay and silex (flint) over pure limestone. The wine is fermented in a mix of cement tanks and older barrels with indigenous yeasts. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, this is lovely unadulterated Cabernet Franc.


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By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2019 | Send Email
I love how different wines express themselves in their own unique ways. Lately, I've had a fair share of people who come in and ask about our organic wines. I want to share some background information on organic wines and share some details on one of my personal favorites. An organic wine is a wine made from grapes that have been grown without the use of artificial or synthetic chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides. To keep the weeds and pests away, organic farmers work with nature rather than against it. They do this by boosting their vineyard's biodiversity. By doing that, to me, one can really taste the "terroir" or the "where-ness" of the wine. The more complex the wine is, the more it will spark thoughtfulness and appreciation, sip after sip. With that said, a perfect example is this wonderful Cab Franc from Bourgueil. Intense cherry, strawberry, and violet notes shine through due to the vines being grown on clay and flint soils. Then, raspberry and spice evolve into leather and roasted meat which then fold into mineral undertones. All together, the intense fruit of red raspberries and black pepper marry perfectly with the leather notes, robust earthiness, and stony minerality. The finish bursts with a fresh, bright acidity that tingles on the palate. That's a lot of action for such a modest price. But, don't take my word for it...pick up a bottle (or case) for yourself. You won't be disappointed!

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/20/2019 | Send Email
From the lower slope of one of Jacky's best vineyards in Bourgueil, this is a tremendous introduction to the world of Cabernet Franc if you are not already a convert. Plenty of bold cherry notes, with flavors of black olive, lavender and clove. It is polished and fruit forward enough to engage immediately but structured to handle a few more years in the cellar. It rises to the level of some of the other greats in the region like Breton and Baudry and is not-to-be missed!

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/20/2019 | Send Email
The gravel and clay soils help make this a brighter and fresher version of Cabernet Franc but there is plenty of depth to the ripe red berries, cola and savory tobacco flavors and aromas embedded in the rich middle. There is a lingering sweetness to the gravely and mineral laced finish.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Franc

- While Cabernet Franc, a parent with Sauvignon Blanc to the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon, frequently plays second fiddle in Bordeaux blends (though it does get more props on the Right Bank, where it dominates Cheval Blanc), this lighter, higher acid/lower tannin, early-maturing, perfumed red varietal is far from a wallflower. It is the headliner in the Loire Valley appellations of Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon and Anjou-Villages, where it makes exceptional, food-friendly wines. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc can be found in northern Italy, particularly in Friuli and in California where it is frequently used as a blending grape in Bordeaux-style wines. Heartier in the cold than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is gaining a foothold in northern and eastern wine regions like Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Loire

- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.
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