Domaine Henry Pellé

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Menetou-Salon lies about 30 km southwest of Sancerre at the eastern end of the Loire Valley. It is a surprising fact that the wines are less well-known than those of Sancerre given that they are often equal in quality. The whites are made from Sauvignon Blanc, the reds and rosés from Pinot Noir. The very modern Henry Pellé winery is located in the picturesque village of Morogues, just east of Menetou-Salon.

Their vineyards are on chalky soils derived with marl and oyster shells. They have 20 ha in Menetou-Salon and another 4 ha in the western extreme of Sancerre. Anne Pellé has run the domain since 1995 and Julien Zernolt is the enologist. They are able to practice organic viticulture, control yield and use a pneumatic press to gently release the juice. Their whites are fermented in neutral vats using native yeast and the wines are kept on lees until bottling. The reds spend a minimum of 3 months in wood. Their Morogues bottling is an assemblage from a number of their Sauvignon wines and the Domaine’s flagship bottling is the single vineyard Clos Blanchais.