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Domaine Chavet Menetou-Salon Blanc "La Côte" 2021

ANTOINE DE LA FARGE: Antoine's grandfather, Gerard Clément, was one of the most respected winemakers in the region and a founder of the 'Menetou-Salon' appellation. He is still present on the family domain and for Antoine he was and still is a great inspiration. He started his career in a wine shop and later became a top buyer for one of France's largest wine merchants. Here he was given the opportunity to expand his knowledge enormously and gain international experience (ex. in Australia).

After 12 years in wine retail, he returned to the domain in 2012 to put all that experience into practice. As a winemaker, Antoine feels every wine must be a natural reflection of its soil, requiring sustainable agriculture. To achieve this, Antoine does not manipulate the wine. That is why all grapes are picked by hand, only gravity is used and no yeasts are added to initiate the fermentation. His wines therefore constantly win prizes!

2021 VINTAGE: 

Appellation: MENETOU-SALON
Grape variety: 100 % Sauvignon Blanc
Terroir: Kimmeridgian clay-limestone (small fossilized oysters)
Pruning: Single Guyot

VINIFICATION
Short pre-fermentation cold maceration followed by light (low pressure) pressing. Vinification regulated by temperature control with regular aeration. Aged on fine lees for 6 months with daily tasting and resuspension of the lees. First bottling : March 2022.

TASTIN G
Appearance: Pale gold in colour with a trace of green.
Nose: An open, fresh nose with mineral "pebble" notes and lemony, finely herbaceous (fresh mint) accents.

Palate: fresh and elegant on the attack. The lemony aromas discerned in the nose are confirmed and accentuated by a beautiful mineral freshness, leading to a clean, crisp finish. All the hallmarks of a great Sauvignon are present in this signature vintage.

FOOD PAIRING
This dry, fruity and mineral wine is ideal for serving as as an aperitif and is sublime when served with seafood and shellfish such as oysters, clams, lobster or langoustine. It is wonderful with fish, whether grilled or in sauce. To round out a meal, this wine complements the local crottin de Chavignol goat's cheese and hard cheeses such as aged Comté, Salers or Cantal.

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