Menetou Salon ‘Morogues’, Domaine Henry Pellé, Loire, France 2018
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Domaine Henry Pellé
For a long time, Menetou Salon was viewed as the poor relation of nearby Sancerre. Producers such as Domaine Pellé have ensured that is no longer the case. Anne and Paul-Henry Pellé currently preside over the family estate, the 4th generation of the Pellé family to tend vines here. They farm in a truly sustainable manner and aim to communicate the unique expression of the Menetou Salon terroirs in each bottling. Their ‘Morogues white’ is a blend of 7 different parcels from the highest slopes of the appellation. This location ensures the vines, which are rooted in Kimmeridgian marl soils, are exposed to cool temperatures coupled with long sunshine hours. The result is a wine that possesses a pure, subtle nose of white flowers and citrus fruits before a racy palate, with wonderfully crisp citrus fruit and a sophisticated dose of salinity.