Archive for the ‘Menetou-Salon’ category

Domaine Henry Pelle Clos des Blanchais Menetou-Salon 2006

March 13, 2008

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



Domaine Henry Pelle Menetou-Salon 2006

November 11, 2007

After trying this domain’s good value Sancerre ‘La Croix au Garde’ I got curious about the even cheaper Sauvignon Blanc from the tiny appellation of Menetou-Salon. I’m not talking about the premium bottling from the village of Morogues but of the generic Menetou-Salon that is made from grapes from the domain’s own vineyards as well as purchased grapes. Pale straw in the glass the wine shows a restrained nose reminescent of white flowers, fresh cut grass and minerals. Crisp and clean on the palate the wine has balanced acidity, good mouthfeel but a fairly neutral fruit expression making it an easy drinking quaffer rather than a real interesting wine. 85 points.

Source: James Busby Fine wines  Price: $24  Drink: Now