New Favorite White Wine

New Favorite White Wine

Posted on Nov, 29. 2010 by

Categories: Wine

This is the finest, most well made white under $30 I have had in a long time.

Honestly I have little more to say about it than that. I will give some details though.

The wine is from Mentou Salon, an AOC region in the Loire Centre region of the Loire Valley near to Sancerre and Pouilly Fume.

Mentou Salon is in a grouping of small villages that have been slowly gaining ground on Sancerre for producing fantastic white wines made exclusively from the Sauvignon Blanc. The other villages there are Quincy and Reuilly. Mentou Salon is the closest to Sancerre proper but all three villages are worth attention.

I have been following Henri Pelle for some time now. He is considered one of the top producers in Mentou Salon and has produced many top wines in several great vintages since I originally tasted and met with him in 2001 at the Salon de Loire wine trade exposition.

I have never tasted anything like this. The overall impression of this basic bottling is great wine making. You can taste the craft here as he has taken all of the finest and most sought after components of not only this area but of White Wine in its objective form and composed them like a Chopin into this wine. I know I am saying nothing about the actual wine here and only telling what I feel about it but at this level I think it is less important to know about its creamy limestone quality, its perfect acidity balanced by well ripened, precisely showy fruit or that the fruit reminds me of lemons and apples and such. I hope the invocation of Chopin was enough to say that this wine has it all.

I am not trying to say this is the greatest white wine in the world. I am trying to say that this is one of the best “drinking” (meaning a wine priced to drink at an almost daily rate) wines I have tasted in years. And these days, for my money, drinking wine has far more worth than museum wine.

I recommend this baby to every palate type in every occasion.

2008 Henry Pelle, Menetou Salon Blanc
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $14.66 • Premier Cru: $15.33 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $19.99
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