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Jacky Blot started off life in the wine trade as a courtier, before buying the 8-ha (20-acre) Domaine de la Taille aux Loups in Montlouis-sur-Loire in 1989. (He now has tripled that area, including vineyards in Vouvray and Bourgueil, where he makes Cabernet Franc. He caused a few waves in the local community with his approach to viticulture and winemaking, which were considered back then to be more than a little outrageous.

Outrageous stuff such as organic viticulture, ploughing rather than using herbicides, not fertilising the vines, spontaneous fermentations and, most scurrilous of all, barrel fermentation and barrel ageing…

In 2010, he bought Clos de Mosny. This 12-ha (30-acre) walled vineyard is the largest monopole in the Loire, planted with old Chenin vines of various ages and various clones on clay and flint soils over chalk subsoil.