Domaine de l`Ermitage, Menetou-Salon Blanc 2018


75cl bottle: £15.95

Case of 12 75cl bottles: £191.40


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.


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%


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.


"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,

"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

If Sauvignon Blanc rather than Chardonnay is your thing, I’d respectfully suggest that you look no further than the 2017 Domaine de l’Ermitage, Menetou-Salon. Menetou-Salon, just north of Bourges in the Loire Valley, is where canny folk who quail at the prices now asked for top quality Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé now head for their vino, and quite right too. I reckon this is as good as anything you would find elsewhere in the Loire. The de la Farge family have been making wine here at the Domaine de l’Ermitage estate for 500 years, so one imagines they know what they’re up to. Only the finest hand-harvested Sauvignon Blanc is used and the result is an impressively sophisticated glass of wine. It’s clean and fresh, with the expected notes of nettles and grass, but there’s ripe stone fruit too and even something bordering on the tropical. The 2015 vintage won gold at the Decanter World Wine Awards and I reckon this is every bit as good. £ 14.95 down from £15.95.