$39.99 per bottle – $36.99 on six or more bottles
A few months ago we offered one of the most outstanding Cabernet Francs from the Loire Valley, the amazing Dominique Joseph Le Petit Saint Vincent Poyeux – it was one of our biggest hits of the year. Today we have a worthy successor – Domaine de la Butte Bourgueil “Perrieres” 2019, a 98 point wines from rockstar winemaker Jacky Blot.
While the Loire Valley is best known for white wines, and Blot’s cult status was initially earned for his stunning Montlouis whites, the reds from Bourgueil and Chinon have captivated me for decades. Wines from Rougeard, Breton, Olga Raffault have blown me away – and their age worthiness is legendary!
And better yet, the red wines made here have only gotten better and better in the last couple of decades. Some credit is due to the frequency of riper, sunnier, warmer vintages that favor the reds (and challenge white winemakers). But the real story here is with better farming and winemaking. The Loire has been an early adapter to organic and biodynamic farming, resulting in less manipulated, honest wines that allow the Cabernet Franc grape to shine, and all of my favorites have long embraced these practices.
Vinous Media recently wrote the following about Blot’s red wines: “Using the same farming practices that created his reputation in Montlouis, coupled with hand-harvesting, wild-yeast fermentations and minimal intervention, he has created a host of dramatic wines that have helped add new life to the reputation of the appellation. These are without any doubt among the finest Bourgueils being produced today.”
I couldn’t agree more! Decanter chimes in with a 98 point rating writing “When Jacky Blot bought Domaine de la Butte in 2002, he didn’t immediately fully realise the potential of the 0.8 hectare Les Perrières parcel. It was soon clear that it is an excellent site with a similar exposure as Mi-Pente, the best site on the main vineyard of La Butte. The 2019 is excellent with dense colour and a black fruit character, especially blackcurrant and blackberry. It has stunning texture and balance with very well integrated tannins. Great ageing potential, if you can restrain yourself!”