2016 Jacky Blot Domaine de la Butte "Perrieres" Bourgueil

SKU #1401139 94 points John Gilman

 The Perrières is the only bottling from Jacky Blot in Bourgueil that sees any new oak, as this wine is raised in twenty percent new casks and the balance being one and two wine barrels. These two are vines in excess of thirty years of age, hailing from one of the greatest vineyards in Bourgueil. The 2016 Perrières is outstanding, wafting from the glass in a complex and refined bouquet of sweet dark berries, woodsmoke, a touch of cigar ash, a superb base of limestone soil elements, a discreet touch of eucalyptus, a bit of meatiness and a gentle foundation of new wood. On the palate the wine is very pure and precise, full-bodied, complex and beautifully balanced, with a superb core of fruit, great soil signature, fine-grained tannins and a very long, very classy finish. 2022-2055+. 94+  (9/2018)

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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. Domaine de la Butte's Perrieres vineyard sits on clay over pure limestone, one of the best expositions you could hope for in this region. Made from 100% Cabernet Franc from 30+ year old vines, the grapes are destemmed and the wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts. The wine sees some barrel about 20% new and is bottled unfined and unfiltered. This is a classic and cellar worthy rendition from one of the Loire's top winemakers.

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/20/2019 | Send Email
If the Bourgueil region were to classify Grand Cru vineyards, Perrieres would be at the top of the list. Deep and dense (for Cab Franc), this is savory and spiced with black cherry and sassafras notes. It is a wonderful wine with a little decant but give it a short rest in the cellar for even more character. Gorgeous!

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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.


- 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.


- 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.