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Domaine de la Butte - Bourgueil, Le Haut de la Butte 2016

Red Wine from Loire · France
Price: £21.95
Case Rate: £21.95
Ex Tax: £18.29
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Wine Region: Loire
Winery: Domaine de la Butte
Grape: Cabernet Franc
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
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17 pts  JancisRobinson.com
Country:
Wine Region: Loire
Winery: Domaine de la Butte
Grape: Cabernet Franc
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750

Wine tasting notes

A wine of considerable charm, wonderful purity and very fine tannins, this combines lovely ripe dark cherry and herbal dark chocolate flavours with fresh tobacco and fine earth. Coming from the poor, flinty soils at the top of the slope and aged entirely in used oak barriques, Haut de la Butte tends to drink well on release, but certainly has the stuffing to age.

Winery information

Domaine de la Butte

After 15 years of creating masterful Chenins from Vouvray and Montlouis at his Taille aux Loups Domaine, Jacky Blot has turned his hand to the red wines of Bourgueil. After buying the 14-hectare estate in 2002, this Loire maestro has already made an enormous impact by adopting a Burgundian approach in the vineyard, each cuvée is fermented separately according to its position on the slope. The grapes are picked by hand and crushed by foot before fermentation and élévage in oak cask. These are sensational small production red wines and are some of the most sensual Cabernet Francs in the world.

Expert reviews

JancisRobinson.com (2016) - 17 pts

Fantastic nose with all the vivid red fruit of the Loire, but much of the sophistication of Bordeaux, with a varnish and earthy note which may be a touch of VA or even brett, but works so nicely in the mix! Furry tannic grip with mouth-watering acid and medium body with loads of clarity to the fruit, right through to the finish. A claret-killer?