Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups - Montlouis Clos Michet 2021
If you are a Chenin Blanc lover, then this is a must-have.
Owner and winemaker Jacky Blot was a revolutionary legend in the Loire Valley. He almost single-handedly elevated Montluis to a position that rivals, or even exceeds, that of neighboring Vouvray. Perhaps it is because he never looked across the river for inspiration, but to Burgundy. He was fanatical, then, about producing dry whites. He believed sugar obscures the best of Chenin Blanc. “He ferments all his whites in barrels. And rather than a cold, quick fermentation meant to highlight aromas, he borrows from Burgundy’s elite cadre, winemakers like Jean-François Coche (of Coche-Dury) and Jean-Marc Roulot (of Domaine Roulot): he exposes the grape must to oxygen before a long, slow fermentation and leaves the finished wine in steel tanks for months before bottling, which firms up the texture.” Jon Bonne
Dom de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Clos Michet 2021
Not yet Reviewed. 97 pts Decanter for 2019.
Decanter did review the neighboring, larger production Clos Mosny from 2020 and 2021 and rated it 96 pts. In 2019, the Clos Michet was rated higher than the Mosny. And Clos Michet has older vines than Mosny. Why isn’t it reviewed more? Because the production is tiny and demand is high. There’s no need to sample it out! But there is no doubt, for me, that Michet is more complex.
I recently had the 2020 open alongside a Huet Vouvray Le Mont Sec 2019. I wanted to get a sense of the difference in styles. They’re both fabulous! I tend to find the Taille, as well as the Chidaine Montlouis, to be a rounder with less flinty characteristics found in Huet. I love them both, but I find myself buying up more Montlouis than Vouvray these days.
“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.” Decanter on 2019
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