The great cuvée from a domain receiving the nurturing attentions of Jacky Blot, this region's emblematic producer. More info
Produced from a limestone plot of land located midway up the slope (the best location as it is comprised of the driest, least rich soil), the Mi-Pente is the estate's star cuvée. Because of this, it enjoys the utmost care and attention, and minimal yields. The grapes are of the highest quality and maturity, and are hand harvested after multiple successive sorting processes, resulting in wine that boasts impressive density. Fermentation in wooden conical truncated vats starts very slowly, with no forced extraction. This explains why its colour is not too dense, and why even at a young stage the wine flows beautifully and is a pleasure to consume. Its aromas of blackcurrant, Morello cherry and ripe dark fruits infuse a texture that is both elegant and dense.
Renowned and respected by connoisseurs for the quality of his white wines, Jacky Blot wanted to apply the same production methods to make red wines. On the hunt for good Cabernet Franc soil, he travelled around the sectors of Chinon, Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil and Bourgueil, in an area of Touraine where Cabernet Franc enjoys ideal climatic conditions. Jacky Blot ended up finding fourteen hectares of land, of which twelve were single-plot, all located in one of Bourgueil's most beautiful hillside slopes, south-facing and unusual for the region. The entire estate lies on calcareous sedimentary rock from the end of the secondary era. No vine roots are planted in the Loire alluvium. The soil here is exceptional thanks to the permanent presence of limestone and wonderful south-facing slopes. The entire area is planted with Cabernet Franc exclusively. The average age of vines here (30) offers a rich diversity, from ten years on the top of the hillock to fifty years mid-slope. As in Montlouis and in Vouvray, at Jacky Blot's other estate (La Taille aux Loups), the Bourgueil vineyard is entirely worked and treated with sustainable practices in mind, with no chemical pesticides or weedkillers.
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