Jacky Blot has 2 addresses and yes you can get a tasting and buy at the Montlouis address. Just ring up and fix a time & date convenient to you and them. I was there 2 summers ago and went through tasting their full range. I was however not that impressed on that occasion although I have bought from Jacky Blot before. Maybe it was just the vintage. Their best I thought was the ‘champagne’ style Triple Zero which I did get a case of. There is a pushy woman there (!) manning the tastings who will speak good English if forced to, albeit it wasn’t too much a problem for us as my wife speaks fluent French. I feel Jacky Boots has probably grown a little too big for his shoes in recent years and is resting on his laurels. The tasting receptionist at least projects that impression onto the visitor…
The best producer in Montlouis in my opinion is Franck Breton at Saint Martin le Beau. I am afraid he only speaks French but is a modest and unassuming chap although his wines are very good indeed.
And while you are in the area, aim to visit Restaurant La Boulaye between Chandon and Vallet, Athee s-Cher. Delightful place and food on the S bank of the Cher beside the riverside walk and cycle path. This is actually where I discovered the wines of M.Breton. Wine lists of (good) local restaurants are often the place to discover who all the good vignerons are. Monsieur Le patron has already done all the hard work for you…!
As mentioned in a prior post, Vincent Careme of Vouvray (actually at Vernou sur Brenne) is also a ‘must-visit’. Wines are excellent and rival those of Huet, also in the same village, but at 2/3 the price of Huet. Actually if you ask at Huet who else one should visit, they actually point you to Careme.
Whilst on the topic it seems a crying shame and glaring defect of TWS that they don’t have any decent Vouvray or indeed ANY Vouvray at all except those of Huet – but these priced at £50 to £250 a bottle, is not something for drinking once a week or even once a month!