Domaine de la Butte Bourgueil Pied de la Butte 2014 Front Label
Domaine de la Butte Bourgueil Pied de la Butte 2014 Front Label

Domaine de la Butte Bourgueil Pied de la Butte 2014

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Le Pied de la Butte comes from a clay-limestone soil located at the bottom of the slope. It is vinified and aged in stainless steel tanks to be enjoyed upon release in the Spring following harvest. The wine offers generous, savory black cherry and cranberry fruit with a soft texture.

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Jacky Blot of La Taille aux Loups purchased this property in 2002, a south-facing slope where the franc vines are now 30 to 40 years old. He produces this wine from vines at the base of the hill, fermenting it in stainless steel and bottling it without fining or filtering. It’s pure Bourgueil deliciousness, from the rustic scent of roses growing out of compost to the pretty blue fruit, dark cherry and mushroom flavors. Black pepper spice keeps it bright. Fresh glou.
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Domaine de la Butte

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Domaine de la Butte, France
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After founding Domaine de la Taille aux Loups in 1989 and bringing its wines to international acclaim, Loire master winemaker Jacky Blot acquired Domaine de la Butte in the appellation of Bourgueil during the summer of 2002. He seized upon the opportunity to make equally great reds when he acquired an ideal bloc of Cabernet Franc vines averaging 30 years of age, entirely on one south-facing slope, bordered by a protective forest. The entire slope has a bed of limestone rock and different top-soils and microclimates. The variations give rise to the four, site-specific cuvees that Blot crafts at his Bourgueil domaine. He aims to produce dramatic, intensely flavored and original red wines. Domaine de la Butte wines have already attracted international acclaim. Blot credits his experience with late harvest Chenin Blancs for giving him an understanding of the phenomenon of ripeness essential for making the finest Bourgueils possible.

Blot employs the same exacting “lutte raisonee” vineyard practices in tending his white grapes in Montlouis and Vouvray. All the rows are plowed and no chemicals are used, to encourage the roots to penetrate deep into the subsoil. Blot keeps his yields low by removing buds at the beginning of the growing season and green harvesting in August. He removes leaves order to increase exposure to the sun, ensure aeration of the vines, and facilitate hand harvesting. All grapes are hand selected and picked at optimal maturity and then placed in small boxes for transport to the winery, where they are further sorted on a table de tri. The fruit is destemmed and descends by gravity into wooden and concrete fermentation tanks. Blot ferments each cuvee for different periods of time, using only native yeast.

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On the north bank of the Loire Valley in the western end of the greater Touraine region, Bourgueil makes a sturdy and aromatic Cabernet Franc.

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The subtler and more delicate of the Cabernets, Cabernet Franc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. While both are important grapes in modern day, high quality Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc also produces outstanding single varietal wines across the wine-producing world. Sommelier Secret—One of California's best-kept secrets is the Happy Canyon appellation of Santa Barbara. Here Cabernet Franc shines as a single varietal wine or in blends, expressing sumptuous fruit, savory aromas and polished tannins.

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