Domaine Henry Pelle Clos des Blanchais Menetou-Salon 2006

img_4172.jpgAfter trying Pellé’s solid entry-level Menetou-Salon and Sancerre I was delighted to find this domaines top wine from one of the Loire’s most distinguished vineyards. Forty years-old vines, clay-limestone soils and a perfect southwest exposition give concentrated and ripe grapes that produce a rich and powerful wine. Light straw in the glass the intense nose reveals loads of white flowers, freshly cut grass, zesty lemon and a hint of ripe tropical fruit. The rather weighty palate clearly shows the juice has been aged on lees while fresh primary fruit, crisp minerality and pungent acid towards the finish retain the wines lively balance. This wine perfectly demonstrates how good and affordable Sauvignon Blanc from areas other than Sancerre can be. 91 points

Source: James Busby Fine Wines  Price: $35  Drink: Now-2010

Web: www.henry-pelle.com

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