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Domaine De La Butte [Jacky Blot] Bourgueil 'Le Haut De La Butte' 2021 750ml

Loire Valley
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2021 2020 2019 2018
Rated 94 by Decanter
Enticing smoky notes waft from the glass, leading to a richly textured palate. It is quite tight and closed at the moment, but the finish is infinitely long and you can sense the potential from its well-balanced fruit, tannins and acidity. Naturally this needs more time in bottle, and has the potential for a higher score. Jacky and Joëlle Blot bought the 16-hectare Domaine de la Butte in 2002 and since then have been making a marvellous range of Bourgueils. The vines are planted on steep, south-facing slopes on clay-limestone soils and are classified in a Burgundian style; with Mi-Pente being the grand cru in the middle of the slope and best exposed. This cuvée, Le Haut de la Butte, is from the premier cru area just above Mi-Pente, where the slope is more gentle and more exposed to the wind, although the wood at the top of the slope provides shelter from north winds. The hand picked grapes are sorted twice in the vineyard before being dropped through a hole directly into the winery below. The wine is fermented and matured in wood. ... More details
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Domaine De La Butte [Jacky Blot] Bourgueil 'Le Haut De La Butte' 2021 750ml

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Varietal: Cabernet Franc

Today, Cabernet Franc is one of the most widely planted grape varietals in the world, and thrives well in temperate climates and valley regions in many Old and New World countries. Its importance in wine history cannot be overstated – as one of the key ingredients for the magnificent Bordeaux and Bordeaux-style wines, it has helped shape the world of quality wines and raise the bar for vintners across the globe. The Cabernet Franc varietal lends its wonderful array of unusual, spicy and fruity aromas to blended wines, and yet can also carry itself very well in single variety bottles too. The bright red color of the fermented Cabernet Franc juices make this an elegant varietal, packed full of delightfully intense, rich flavors of currants, and perfumes of violets and tobacco.

Region: Loire Valley

The ancient wine region of the Loire Valley in France is a perfect place to discover the country's finest examples of white wines, which are made with a highly successful blend of traditional and modern wine-making techniques. Indeed, the Loire Valley has a wine-making tradition which stretches back almost two thousand years, and today continues to be a standard bearer for fine white wines made predominantly with Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc varietal grapes. However, it also produces superb red wines from the Cabernet Franc grapes which thrive there, and plenty of excellent rosé and sparkling wines for which the region is also famous. With almost ninety controlled appellations, the Loire Valley is an extremely important region within France, and the significance of their produce cannot be overlooked.

Country: France

French winemakers are subjected to several laws and regulations regarding the wines they produce, and how they can be labeled and sold. Such procedures are designed to increase the overall quality of the country's produce, and also to ensure that wines made in each particular region or appellation are of a character and type which is representative of the area. Thankfully for consumers of wine world-wide, the French have a particularly high reputation to uphold, and seem to do so flawlessly. Every year, wineries from all over France produce millions upon millions of bottles of fine wine, making the most of their native grape varieties and the excellent terrain which covers most of the country. From the expensive and exquisite red wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy, to the white wines and cremants of central France, the French are dedicated to providing the world with wines of the highest quality and most distinctive character.