Domaine Pellé Menetou-Salon Les Blanchais 2017


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Alcohol: 12.5%

Grape(s): Sauvignon Blanc

Localization: Loire Valley, France

Tasting Notes: Crisp, pure white fruit flavors from a single parcel give this wine a delicious line of freshness. Acidity brings a tang to the mouth, hinting at minerality. 

Notes: Its terroir provides its strength and its exposure provides its freshness. At the start of the 1980’s, a passion for the vine inspired Domaine Pellé to separately vinify our premier clos: les blanchais. We rightly believed that the complexity of the land is reflected in the wine…. These old vines deliver power and length in both the nose and on the palate. Citrus fruit and vegetal notes gently mingle with a subtle minerality without ever being too heavy or too exuberant.The fermentations for the Menetou Morogues occur primarily in tank with about 15% in a combination of foudres and 400-liter barrels. The esteemed parcellaire cuvées are fermented and aged in a combo of tank (30%) and 400-liter barrels (70%) that are housed in a cold and serene 13th century underground cellar. 

Like the top wines from Chavignol, Pellé wines drink well on release, but also have the power and precision to age beautifully for 10-15 years, often longer in top vintages.

The Domain: Our Domaine takes its roots in Morogues, a village at the far eastern end of the Loire Valley. Our cellars are close to the village centre, nestling below our beautiful “Les Cris” red grape vineyard. In each of our vineyard plots in the neighbouring Menetou-salon and Sancerre appellations, we observe Mother Nature, cherishing and working with her so that she gives us her very best in return. In this part of the world, we think, make and drink wine; sharing ideas, a glass of wine or two, and the taste of our land, with our friends and customers. These lines are written by the current generation but they apply to Domaine Pellé from its very beginning. Over time, the world has accelerated but nature has stayed faithful, determining the work of the winemaker, year after year, with each new season. With the same devotion to his craft, the winemaker still slips through the cellar door late at night to check on the wines, only now he is wearing sneakers not clogs!