Domaine de l’Ermitage, Menetou-Salon Blanc 2017

Loire

75cl bottle: £15.95 £14.95

Case of 12 75cl bottles: £191.40 £179.40

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Order now but we do not expect a new shipment of this wine to arrive before Christmas - Orders placed now will be fulfilled in the New Year




Our flagship Loire Sauvignon. Not far removed from Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé in style, Menetou-Salon remains far less well known than it's more expensive neighbours.


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Our Tasting Notes

A highly expressive, fruit-driven, fresh Sauvignon with gooseberry and passion fruit notes, a mouth-watering salinity on the palate and excellent balance. The painstaking attention to detail in the vineyard and winery really pays off (they are one of only two estates in Menetou who hand harvest their entire crop and adopt as organic an approach to viticulture as the climate allows).

Wine Data

Grape variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation: Menetou-Salon AOC
Alcohol: 13%

About

The same family have been making wine at Domaine de l’Ermitage since 1520, so as you can imagine, they have a very good understanding of the terroir. The resulting white is very high-class indeed, boasting wonderful aromatics and impressive complexity. This is a superb example of what the tiny Menetou appellation can offer in terms of quality and value.


fromvineyardsdirect

"A rather crunchy, matchsticky, golden fruit nose with slightly leafy edges to it. The palate is broad and confident with plenty of energy. There is a wonderful balance between mineral complexity, depth of fruit and elegance." - Decanter magazine on the 2014


"Farming with "as organic an approach to viticulture as the climate allows," this is Loire Sauvignon Blanc from an appellation near Sancerre, where vineyards are planted on similar Kimmeridgian clay soils. The nose does have a punch of gooseberry and nettles, leafy green herbs, but also a lightly creamy lime fruit quality and just hints of the tropical. In the mouth the fruit is abundantly ripe and sweet, washing across the tongue quite luxuriously, though the steely and salty lick of the acidity balances the long finish. Very stylish. 90/100." - Tom Cannavan, wine-pages.com


"This opens to a lovely pure nose of ripe, intense gooseberry and kiwi fruit and a herbaceous edge of nettle and blackcurrant leaf. The exotic palate has soft fleshy fruit, well-formed minerality and green herbal notes with zippy acidity on the long finish." Decanter magazine


"I love the peach and nectarine downy and delicate aromatics of this wine, glistening with dew=drop freshness. On the palate a little hint of something flinty, but also of the passionfruit exoticism and indeed, a touch of nettle, pressing all the Sauvignon buttons is a beautifully clear and dry, restrained yet welcoming style. Truly lovely stuff." Tom Cannavan, The wine Pages.com