Domaine Jean Teiller, AOC/AOP Menetou-Salon, Loire, France, 2014
Menetou Salon is a red and white still wine appellation about 20 miles south-west of Sancerre and Pouilly Fume. It is a source of well-priced sauvignon blanc, without the inflationary cachet attending Sancerre. Seely, see end, suggests that the profile is often accompanied by white peach – certainly there is a warm stone fruit edge to this wine. According to the INAO there are 93 growers, and 73 wine makers comprising 56 independents, 1 co-op and 16 negociants.
This wine: Varietal sauvignon blanc, natural cork closure, 13% abv, Yapp Bros, £14.50 (2015)
Consumer tasting note: brisk acidity supports a typically understated ripe nose of citrus and warmer stone fruit with a spicy edge; a ripe green pepper, floral and citrus palate follows into a decent length.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of neroli, whiff of wax, ripe grapefruit, lemon zest, apricot skin, a spicy edge.
Palate: a dry wine, high acidity, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, medium intensity, a very slight grip, with flavours of ripe green pepper, neroli, ripe gooseberry, elderflower. A medium (+) length with a clean warm citrus-bell pepper finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, deftly balanced fresh acidity with alcohol and lifting the predominantly rich ripe citrussy profile, there is some complexity with stone fruit and spice, but modest intensity and concentration of flavour, still a decent length
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: drink now, unsuitable for ageing – style is fresh and citrussy for early consumption, ageing would only detract from this.
- Seely, J. (1989). The Loire Valley and its Wines. Lennard Publishing.