Mission Codename Secret Garden
There are no other regions that can claim more intensity and purity with 100% Sauvignon Blanc than the Loire, aka. Garden of France. Trouble is, with the fame that Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé have reached, the prices for the top wines from this vicinity have taken the fun away. That’s when, in French wine, you seek the neighbors, and as in this case end up in an idyllic commune of Menetou-Salon just to the southwest, where tremendous values still roam…
Pale as snow in a broad rim with the faintest twinkle of white gold within the meniscus. Freshly cut citrus, lemon peel, key-lime, and freshly chopped basil lead into stone fruits. A vibrant, juicy burst of acidity encased in creamy lemon meringue pie and white pepper. Clean, crisp, pure, intense and seamless, with a thirst inducing salinity and mineral edge. An elaborate salad with candied walnuts and goat cheese, or a rich, creamy pasta recipe.
The Clément-Châtenoy clan has been growing outstanding Sauvignon Blanc in Menetou-Salon since 1560, NOT a TYPO. That’s 16 generations of viticulture and winemaking for you, how is that for experience? We grabbed the very last few cases of this crisp and ethereal white for you, so don’t hesitate to do the same, at 40% off bringing it to under $20, you just can’t go wrong.
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
90 Points – Jeb Dunnuck - “The outstanding 2017 Menetou Salon Blanc (100% Sauvignon Blanc) is a winner. Lovely honeyed citrus, pear, and a kiss of rocky mineral-like notes all flow to a medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, juicy white that has all kinds of charm and character. It’s going to be incredibly versatile on the dinner table and is well worth seeking out.”
What the Winery Says
2017 'Classique Blanc' Menetou-Salon AOC
- Pierre Clément
- 100% Sauvignon Blanc
- Menetou-Salon, Loire Valley
- Average vine age
- 20 to 40 years
- Limestone-clay (Kimmeridgian marls)
- 6 months in Stainless Steel