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Domaine Pellé Menetou-Salon les Blanchais 2017

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CWA96+

RP

WS

JS

AG

ST

W&S

JH

Price: $39.00

 
*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

96+ Points
“May as well be the best vintage of this outstanding value that memory recalls. Delicious golden apples, lemon verbena and steely minerals lead on the pristine, crystalline nose. Powered by lime, nectarine and pear along with an intensely mineral texture and supreme concentration, the fresh cut fruits and essence of rocks incise through the laser sharp focused finish. Zero oak, zero winemaking wizardry, pure terroir, pure expression. Would put many a Sancerre or Pouilly-Fume double its price to shame. Drink now-2022.” - California Wine Advisors

BACKGROUND
Henry Pellé invested with confidence: he bought vineyards whenever he could and in 1970 he had wine cellars built below his Les Cris vineyard. Wheels were in motion but there was still some risk involved; in order to sell all the production, Henry and his wife, Alberte, tirelessly visited wine fairs in nearby départements and started to envisage distribution both in France and abroad.

But Menetou-Salon remained the ‘little sister’ appellation to Sancerre – younger, less well known and less called for at the table. Then in the late 70’s Henry acquired 5 hectares of vineyards in Sancerre. He took advantage of the quality of this new production to promote his Menetou-Salon.

When his son Éric joined him in 1980, Henry’s determination and perseverance, together with the quality of the Morogues terroir, had established the wine estate as a reference for Menetou-Salon, and the Menetou-Salon Morogues as a reference for Sauvignon.

In 1981, Henry and Éric decided to produce their first single vineyard wine: les Blachais; pioneers in the region, they made a wine which derived its quality, not from the methods of aging or the age of the vines, but from the definition of its terroir. Future wines would follow the same principle.
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Kevin Bacons

*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

96+ Points
“May as well be the best vintage of this outstanding value that memory recalls. Delicious golden apples, lemon verbena and steely minerals lead on the pristine, crystalline nose. Powered by lime, nectarine and pear along with an intensely mineral texture and supreme concentration, the fresh cut fruits and essence of rocks incise through the laser sharp focused finish. Zero oak, zero winemaking wizardry, pure terroir, pure expression. Would put many a Sancerre or Pouilly-Fume double its price to shame. Drink now-2022.” - California Wine Advisors

BACKGROUND
Henry Pellé invested with confidence: he bought vineyards whenever he could and in 1970 he had wine cellars built below his Les Cris vineyard. Wheels were in motion but there was still some risk involved; in order to sell all the production, Henry and his wife, Alberte, tirelessly visited wine fairs in nearby départements and started to envisage distribution both in France and abroad.

But Menetou-Salon remained the ‘little sister’ appellation to Sancerre – younger, less well known and less called for at the table. Then in the late 70’s Henry acquired 5 hectares of vineyards in Sancerre. He took advantage of the quality of this new production to promote his Menetou-Salon.

When his son Éric joined him in 1980, Henry’s determination and perseverance, together with the quality of the Morogues terroir, had established the wine estate as a reference for Menetou-Salon, and the Menetou-Salon Morogues as a reference for Sauvignon.

In 1981, Henry and Éric decided to produce their first single vineyard wine: les Blachais; pioneers in the region, they made a wine which derived its quality, not from the methods of aging or the age of the vines, but from the definition of its terroir. Future wines would follow the same principle.



Ratings Sources

RP - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
WS - Wine Spectator
CWA - California Wine Advisors
JS - James Suckling
IWR - International Wine Review

Winery Domaine Pelle

Vineyard Designate

AVA

Region Loire