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Domaine Philippe Gilbert Menetou-Salon Blanc 2019

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750ML / 12.5% ABV
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750ML / 12.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Planted 25 years ago on a clayey-limestone terroir dating back to the Kimmeridgian, the vines extend on average over 10 or so hectares divided among six plots.

This white sauvignon is aged on fine lees in a stainless-steel tank for 10 to 18 months.

Food and wine pairing

Tonic and full-bodied sauvignon. Fresh and salty wine.

Goes beautifully with asparagus, shellfish, raw or broiled fish, but also goat cheese and sorbets, among other.

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This tangy wine has bright acidity and a lively aftertaste. The white fruits and citrus bite are refreshing. Drink now. Organic.

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Domaine Philippe Gilbert, France
Philippe Gilbert was a dramaturg, producing and also writing plays for the theatre. In fact, one of his creations, a poetic and philosophical contemplation of the horrors of the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia, was performed in the States. He is, then, a vigneron with a unique background. Nevertheless, he is very much the vigneron, having returned to take over the direction of his family domaine located in the hamlet of Faucards in the midst of the Menetou-Salon appellation. Having traveled the world and explored the intellectual side of the arts, Philippe still felt the pull of the soils that his father worked for many years, recognizing that, as his father prepared to retire, the domaine would no longer exist as it was without his participation. This is all understandable once it is understood that a certain Francois Gilbert turned from being a tavern-keeper to establish this domaine all the way back in 1768. His return reinvigorated this domaine, one of the largest in the appellation with its twenty-seven hectares under cultivation. With the assistance of his colleague, Jean-Philippe Louis, Philippe Gilbert has plunged headlong into the system of biodynamic viticulture and the domaine is now certified as an organic producer. The vineyards are scattered throughout the heart of the appellation in prime sectors of the villages of Menetou-Salon, Vignoux, Parassy and Morogues. The soil is a classic mix of clay and limestone that sits on the famous kimmeridgian basin that extends from Menetou through Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire to Chablis and Champagne. This informs the wines of Menetou-Salon and makes them, at their best, intensely mineral with formidable persistence on the palate. The appellation itself covers a mere 470 hectares in a narrow band five kilometers wide and twenty-five kilometers long (from Pigny to Humbligny) and only Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc are permitted to be planted to qualify for the appellation. The micro-climate of Menetou-Salon is marked by warm days and cool nights which permit the grapes to develop proper sugar levels while maintaining excellent acid balance. The largest parcel of the domaine is “Champaloin”, a southeast facing vineyard in Vignoux, the vines here being planted in 1960: four hectares of Pinot Noir and 2 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc.Then, there are two east-facing parcels in Menetou-Salon: Les Chandelieres (four hectares) planted in 1974 and 1976 and Davet planted in 1990. The vines here a equally divided between Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. In the village of Parassy, there are three separate parcels: La Montaloise and the Clos du Bourg are both planted to Sauvignon Blanc and the parcel of Les Treilles, with its full south exposure and planted to the oldest vines of the domaine (both in Pinot Noir and in Sauvignon), which is the source for the Renardieres cuvées in white and red … the prestige bottling of the domaine. Finally, there is the Clos des Morogues, composed of 4.6 hectares of Pinot Noir, and situated at the ancient walls of the medieval village of Morogues.
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Praised for its stately Renaissance-era chateaux, the picturesque Loire valley produces pleasant wines of just about every style. Just south of Paris, the appellation lies along the river of the same name and stretches from the Atlantic coast to the center of France.

The Loire can be divided into three main growing areas, from west to east: the Lower Loire, Middle Loire, and Upper/Central Loire. The Pay Nantais region of the Lower Loire—farthest west and closest to the Atlantic—has a maritime climate and focuses on the Melon de Bourgogne variety, which makes refreshing, crisp, aromatic whites.

The Middle Loire contains Anjou, Saumur and Touraine. In Anjou, Chenin Blanc produces some of, if not the most, outstanding dry and sweet wines with a sleek, mineral edge and characteristics of crisp apple, pear and honeysuckle. Cabernet Franc dominates red and rosé production here, supported often by Grolleau and Cabernet Sauvignon. Sparkling Crémant de Loire is a specialty of Saumur. Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc are common in Touraine as well, along with Sauvignon Blanc, Gamay and Malbec (known locally as Côt).

The Upper Loire, with a warm, continental climate, is Sauvignon Blanc country, home to the world-renowned appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Pinot Noir and Gamay produce bright, easy-drinking red wines here.

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Capable of a vast array of styles, Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character. Though it can vary depending on where it is grown, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. This variety is of French provenance. Somm Secret—Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. That green bell pepper aroma that all three varieties share is no coincidence—it comes from a high concentration of pyrazines (herbaceous aromatic compounds) inherent to each member of the family.

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