Domaine du Grand Brussy Menetou-Salon 2022

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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.

Wine type White
Grape(s) Sauvignon Blanc 100%
Country France
Region of origin Loire Valley
Appellation Menetou-Salon
Vintage 2021
Alcohol % 13%
Oak? No
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
Soil type(s) Clay
Closure Type Cork
Is this wine organic? No
Biodynamic? No
Sustainably produced? Yes
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.

Read more about Damien.

The classic Loire pairings work well here - goats cheese, oysters, and shellfish. But Damien also recommends white meat in a mushroomy, buttery creamy sauce.

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