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Jacky Blot - Domaine Taille aux Loups Triple Zero NV

Jacky Blot
About Jacky Blot
Jacky Blot is a maverick and not afraid to take risks. This former professional jumper has reinvented Chenin Blanc in the heart of its ancestral home: Vouvray and Montlouis-sur-Loire.  

Blot was convinced Chenin Blanc was failing to meet its potential and brought a much-needed fresh perspective and knowledge to winemaking from his successful career as a wine broker. Jacky and his son Jean-Philipe have pursued making modern, crisp, terroir-driven Chenin Blanc and their approach has yielded outstanding results.

The Blots’ reputation as winemakers was built on the sensational still & sparkling Montlouis produced at Domaine de la Taille aux Loups. They take more inspiration from Burgundy than from other local producers in nearby Vouvray. This is evidenced in their single vineyard, terroir-driven approach and organic viticulture practices.

Jacky purchased 8 hectares of vines, aged between 50 and 75 years old, in the late 1980s and began the transformation to organic certification later that decade. Jacky and Jean-Philipe’s commitment to natural farming practices and non-interventionist vinification means every vintage really does sing. The Blots use very low sulphur and minimal filtration.  

The Blots expanded into reds, purchasing the 14-hectare Domaine de la Butte in the early 2000s. The same organic farming practices are used here as in Montlouis, as well as hand-harvesting, wild-yeast fermentations and minimal intervention to produce a range of dramatic wines.

During production, the red grapes are totally destemmed, and both red and white grapes are thoroughly hand sorted to ensure only the best fruit is used. Ageing is conducted in barrels sourced from just three coopers in Burgundy. Domaine de la Butte stands atop a cavernous network of caves which were originally carved out of the chalk bedrock by troglodytes. These caves now cellar hundreds of oak barrels.

The Blots also produce two Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, but not labelled as such. The grapes for these are grown in Vouvray but produced in Montlouis. A law change from Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualité (INAO) meant the Vouvray appellation could only be used if the wines were vinified within the borders of that region. Instead, the Blots decided to continue vinifying them in Montlouis and relabel them as Vin de France.
Wine Details

Wine Type

Sparkling

Country

France

Region

Loire

Appellation

Montlouis

Grape

Chenin Blanc

Farming

Organic (Certified)

Alcohol By Volume (ABV)

12.5%

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