Domaine de la Butte Bourgueil Pied de la Butte 2014
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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.
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.