Domaine de la Butte, 2017 Update

Continuing my assault on various red wine domaines of the Loire Valley, spurred on by top quality in the 2015 vintage (with some excellent wines in 2014 and also 2016, I think), I come now to Domaine de la Butte. This is an extraordinarily reliable name, the estate run by Jacky Blot (pictured below) who is perhaps better known for his work in Montlouis, at Domaine de la Taille aux Loups.

Domaine de la Butte

His success in part is down to his meticulous approach to the fruit at harvest-time, hand-picking, sorting over a table de tri, destemming and then with the option to sort again, all in the vines, before the fruit drops down into the troglodytic cellars below, descending in a chute tunnelled through the rock. While the approach might not sound particularly 21st-century, it is surprising how many domaines in the Loire Valley take a more relaxed view to sorting.

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