2017 Jacky Blot Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups "Remus" Montlouis-Sur-Loire

SKU #1401136 91 points Wine Spectator

 Plump, with ginger, pear and quince flavors nicely melded together. There's good juicy energy through the fresh, quinine-tinged finish. (JM)  (5/2019)

90 points John Gilman

 The 2017 Montlouis "Remus" Sec from Jacky Blot is a fine young wine in the making. The bouquet is still quite youthful, offering up scents of quince, orange zest, chalk dusty soil tones, a bit of lanolin, bee pollen and white lilies. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied andnascently complex, with respectable depth at the core, good acids and grip and a long, still quite primary finish. This will need some time to blossom properly, but will be a very tasty bottle when it is ready for primetime drinking.  (9/2018)

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By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2019 | Send Email
The limestone of Montlouis sur Loire is a wonderful tool for a talented winemaker, and Jacky Blot has a well-earned reputation as one of the best. This rich, dense bottling of Chenin is a stirring tribute to the complexity the varietal is capable of. Beeswax and orange oil cut with high acid tones and a cement backing. This bottle tasted fantastic (after a little time open) but will be good for years to come.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2019 | Send Email
I first heard the name Jacky Blot while on a buying trip through France. Everywhere we went along the Loire, the name Jacky Blot would pop up. But it wasn’t till I returned to the US that I finally got a chance to try his wines. I was immediately charmed by them and understood why there was so much buzz about this producer. This is easily the qualitative equivalent of a 1er Cru white Burgundy. I’d argue that the Jacky Blot style, which I consider atypical for Loire Valley Chenin, can easily substitute anywhere you’d serve a Chassagne or Puligny-Montrachet. They are now a staple in my wine collection and I’ve converted a number customers who now devotees. Time for you to get on board with this incredibly fascinating Loire Valley producer.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/20/2019 | Send Email
Montlouis sur Loire is the region just south of Vouvray, right across the Loire river. It does not get as much attention but the quality of Chenin Blancs from this here rival the best that Vouvray has to offer. Jacky Blot is one of the premier producers and his "Remus" bottling is about as serious as they come and worthy of your attention. A nervy style, it leans toward bright citrus flavors of lime and orange zest, rounding out with a nice dose of chalky minerality. I am not averse to a little decanting of white wines and having had this a few times now 30 minutes of aeration unlocks its most profound qualities. Seared duck breast with a little fruit reduction and some bitter greens would make a terrific pairing but it has a feel that would certainly stand up to loads of other complex dishes.

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Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.