The future of Loire Valley Chenin Blanc is in single vineyard, dry, terroir-driven whites that challenge the greats of Burgundy for precision, length, complexity and age ability. Pioneers like Jacky Blot are currently making the wines of a lifetime. This has been literally 25 plus years in the making, ever since Jacky first purchased eight hectares of 50 to 75 years old vines in Montlouis in the late 1980s. Transforming and building this organically certified property began in 1988. The level of grower commitment to natural farming practices and non-interventionist vinification is easily the highest percentage of any Chenin appellation in the Loire Valley. Every site is allowed to sing, without the sugar, without the battonage, no malo, using low levels of SO2, and minimal filtration. Jacky Blot is without question one of the inspirational leaders of this growing movement.
Clos Michet is the smaller of two adjacent clos that the Domaine de la Taille aux Loups owns in the commune of Saint Martin le Beau. The larger is the 12ha Clos Mosny, which is entirely enclosed by a wall. The Clos Michet has sandy soil, faces southwest and west and the vines are at least 50 years old. The age of the barrels used are a quarter new, quarter one year, quarter two year and a quarter three years. Tasted in early February Clos Michet was richer than Rémus with thrilling tension between the fruit and acidity with a very long finish. Potential to age brilliantly.
- Certified organic
- 100% Chenin Blanc
- 40-60 years old vines
- South exposure – top of the slope
- Sand and clay soil sitting on pure limestone
- 2-3 meters before hitting the limestone
- Indigenous yeasts
- No malolactic
- Fermented and aged in barrel (20% new, 80% 1-4 years old barrels)
“Jacky Blot is both one of the Loire’s top producers and one the most dynamic. He is now gradually handing over the reins to his son – Jean-Philippe. The Clos Michet is a well exposed, south-facing vineyard in the southern part of the Montlouis appellation, in the commune of Saint-Martin-le-Beau. It is one of the domaine’s best Montlouis sites. The golden 2019 has aromas of quince with a hint of oak, very fine rich texture, a touch buttery. This is a rich, powerful wine with freshness on the finish – great balance. Can be enjoyed now but should age brilliantly.” Drink 2021-2035 – 97 points, Decanter