(This post was originally published on Les 5 du Vin on 16th May 2023)
Jacky in the Taille aux Loups cellars in Husseau – all the wines were fermented in wood
During the harvest Jacky was always in the vineyard at the sorting table.
I am still in shock I have just learned that Jacky Blot (Domaine de la Taille aux Loups/ Domaine de la Butte) died on Monday of pancreatic cancer having only been diagnosed this April. It seems like a bad dream!
I had huge respect for Jacky – for what he and Joëlle achieved joined by their son Jean-Philippe along with their dedicated team in particular Dominique, Natalie and Christophe. I can only imagine how devastated they feel. My thoughts are with them.
From a modest start in 1988 Jacky and Joëlle created one of the Loire’s greatest domaines producing wonderful wines from Montlouis, Vouvray, which latterly had to be labelled Vin de France but were actually ‘Grand Cru Vouvray’, and Bourgueil. Jacky was an inspiration with an almost ruthless passion to make top quality Chenin and Cabernet Franc and he succeeded making world class examples of both varieties. He was very hands on – during the harvest he would be out in the vineyard working on the sorting table.
There will be time to say more but for the moment I want my own personal space to remember Jacky – proud that he counted me as a friend.
So terribly sad that the Loire has in the space of just four days lost two great men, great human beings – yes wonderful producers but much more than that!
Jacky @ Domaine de la Butte with a glass of his Bourgueil