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Pelle, Menetou-Salon Morogues Blanchais, 2019

$30.99

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If you like fresh, mineral-driven white wine, you'll go bonkers for the wines of Paul-Henry Pellé. This guy is a star. Qualitatively, these wines can go tête-a-tête with top-shelf Sancerre, but they're a great deal less expensive. Farming is organic.
Pellé uses both stainless steel and wood, not only for élevage, but fermentation as well. This explains why the wines have bracing citric electricity tempered by a suave, creamy texture – "lemon curd" often pops up in our tasting notes.

Professional Reviews

Decanter

D 95
"After studying at Beaune with work experience at Olivier Lamy (St Aubin) and with Benjamin Lauroux at the Clos des Epeneaux, Paul-Henry came back to Morogues. His first vintage was 2006. Then in 2007 he took over running the domaine, which already had a good reputation but Paul-Henry has taken quality to a new level. In 1981 Henry Pellé and his son Eric decided to produce their first single vineyard wine – Les Blanchais. This 2.7 hectare north-east facing parcel was planted in 1966 on marne-kimmeridgian with some flint. The hand-picked grapes are fermented and aged in a mix of various sizes of wood and stainless steel. Tasted in early February this had rich powerful fruit, especially ripe grapefruit with a long fresh finish. A lovely bottle in prospect!"

What importer Polaner Selections has to say about this wine...

VARIETALS
Sauvignon Blanc
ORGANIC
Certified
VINEYARD
Les Blanchais vineyard in the commune of Morogues. Was the estate's first single-vineyard wine, started in the 1980's.
SOIL
Kimmeridgean limestone and silex.
VITICULTURE
Practicing organic. Soils plowed. Hand-harvested.
VINIFICATION
Fermented with natural yeast. 70% wood, 30% tank.
AGING
Aged in a combo on 70% wood (Foudres and used 400L barrels) and 30% tank for 11 months.
PRODUCTION
800 cases

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Sauvignon Blanc

  • Vintage

    2019

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied

Customer Reviews

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JR Thomason
A very good vintage of a personal fave

Blanchais is Pelle's top wine, and it's really spot-on in 2019. It has just the right amount of creaminess to smooth out the high-voltage lemon fruit, and it's also satisfyingly saline.
It's tempting to consider this as an exceptional Sancerre alternative, since they share the same grape (Sauvignon Blanc) and general region (Menetou-Salon is next-door to Sancerre), but I think Blanchais hits more like Chablis. Maybe it's those vibrant lemon and cream flavors, or maybe it's the fact that, like most great Chablis vineyards, Blanchais sits mostly on Kimmeridgian marl soils. Either way, this is a stunning value and a wine I keep going back to..until it runs out for the year.