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Menetou-Salon Morogues, Domaine Pellé 2019

White Wine from France - Loire
From a ripe vintage, with citrus pith and stone-fruit notes, and a sappy dry finish. Will handle tasty shellfish or lemon-infused risotto.
Price: £14.50 Bottle
Price: £174.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: LO16191

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Dry
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Now to 2022
  • 75cl
  • Cork, natural

Domaine Henry Pellé

Domaine Pellé, the largest in the Menetou-Salon appellation, is situated on the outskirts of Morogues, a small village to the west of Sancerre. The domaine’s history only dates back as far as 1959, about the same time as the appellation itself was created, although records show the Pellé family was making wine in the Loire region long before that. The current owner is Anne Pellé, widow of the founder’s son Eric, who now runs the estate along with her own son Paul-Henry and some outside help from consultant oenologist Julien Zernott. This relatively small team produce around one-quarter of all the wines of Menetou-Salon.

There are about 40 hectares of vines in total planted on limestone-clay soils, which are rich in marine fossils, similar to those found in Sancerre. Two-thirds of plantings are sauvignon blanc, the remainder pinot noir. The estate practices sustainable methods in the vineyards and very gentle pressing of the grapes in the winery. This is a domaine better-known for its white wines than its reds and its sauvignons compare favourably with those of neighbouring Sancerre in terms of quality and complexity. The domaine style is vibrant, lively and full of rich flavours, making these are charming wines worthy of even more recognition in their own right.

Loire Vintage 2019

et another exceptional vintage! Perhaps these atypical years are the vintages of the future? 2019 was another year of extremes and nail biting, with temperatures even in the Loire Atlantique nudging 40C more than once last summer. With so little rain, there were concerns over whether the fruit would actually ripen, but sure enough, some rain did arrive: a little in mid-August, a little more in early to mid-September, depending on the location, refreshing the vines and allowing them to ripen their healthy fruit in fine conditions.

There will be some great reds, with the chance to keep some in store for the future. Whites are ripe and healthy, with, remarkably, a little more freshness than the 2018s, so it will be a great year to explore the length of the Loire.
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