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Menetou-Salon Morogues Rosé, Domaine Pellé 2017

Rose Wine from France - Loire
Pale, delicate pinot rosé from the Loire, with bright white-currant fruit and a fresh, creamy textured palate.
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Code: LO14241

Wine characteristics

  • Rose Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • Pinot Noir
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • 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 Valley Vintage 2017

After Jo Locke MW's usual quick visit at harvest time it was clear that 2017 would yield some excellent results. Following her regular February 2018 trip she was delighted to report that she couldn't remember when she was last so excited by a Loire vintage!

Muscadets are gorgeous across the board, and they are such adaptable wines and so light on the stomach. Central Vineyards sauvignons from Domaines Laloue (Exhibition Sancerre) and Riaux (Pouilly-Fumé) are delicious too, with ripeness and freshness in perfect balance. Go to Reuilly, Quincy, Chenonceaux, and Touraine sauvignons for value. Serious chenin lovers will need to wait a bit longer for the 2017s.

The reds have delightfully bright, generous fruit (though it is still early in their progress) which at harvest looked likely to be structured and concentrated as the berries were small and yielding less juice than expected. They have given wines with delightfully bright, generous fruit.

2017 vintage reviews

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