Domaine du Grand Brussy Menetou-Salon 2021
WineSpark Price €19.28
Given the popularity of winemaker Damien’s Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé, I had to go back and see what else he had up his sleeve.
He immediately suggested Menetou-Salon, one of the Loire’s best-kept secrets. It’s a wine which you don’t find much of outside of France.
That’s because you’ll find it as the white by-the-glass option in nearly every single Parisian restaurant. As a result, only 15% of the region’s production is exported.
You get all the elegance and sophistication of a Loire Sauvignon Blanc here, but the Kimmeridgian clay you find in Menetou-Salon gives it a much richer and more tropical flavour.
And because it’s not as famous as neighbouring Sancerre, the price is an absolute snip for the quality.
|Grape(s)||Sauvignon Blanc 100%|
|Region of origin||Loire Valley|
|Months in Oak||N/A|
|Type of Oak||N/A|
|Allergens (e.g. Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts)||Sulphites|
|Average age of vines||30 years|
|Average altitude of vines (m)||280m|
|Is this wine organic?||No|
|Suitable for vegans?||Yes|
|Ageing potential (years)||6-8 years|
|Ideal drinking window||2023-2028|
The Loire is the true home of Sauvignon Blanc - nowhere else does it taste as pure, characterful and authentic.
I’ve got a pretty good contact here from my Naked years - Joost de Villebois - who owns one of the biggest family producers in the Sancerre area, Fournier Pere et Fils.
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