2014 Isabelle Et Pierre Clement Chatenoy Menetou Salon
grass, gooseberry, grapefruit, lime, melon, citrus, mineral and flint
apple, pear, kiwi, citrus, stone, grapefruit and melon
"Domaine de Châtenoy is owned by Isabelle and Pierre Clément. Now joined by their daughter Anne, the family have been wine-growers in Menetou-Salon since 1560 (16 generations). They own 65 hectares of the finest, south-west exposed hillside vineyards in the appellation. Menetou-Salon is a quaint country village about 20 minutes southwest of Sancerre. The production is 80% white wine from Sauvignon Blanc and 20% red, from Pinot Noir. While Menetou-Salon is on the same side of the Loire River as its more famous neighbor Sancerre, it has the same fossil-rich Kimmeridgian limestone-clay soils that are prevalent in Chablis. These Kimmeridgian soils impart the distinctly complex, aromatic and elegant personality to Domaine de Châtenoy’s wines. The Cléments have been practicing sustainable viticulture through meticulous, hand vineyard work for generations, long before the term acquired its present marketing connotation. In her “Wines of the Loire: The Kingdom of Sauvignon Blanc” volume 1 (2011), Jacqueline Friedrich rates Domaine de Châtenoy an “Outstanding” producer, and sums up her admiration for the estate: “From 1990 (on) …not one false step…. The Cléments turn out ambassadorial Menetous with admirable regularity.” -Importer 2015 vintage report: After a very hot and dry summer, the Clements started picking their Sauvignon Blanc on September 10th 2015 and their Pinot Noir vineyards on September 16th, both almost three weeks earlier than in 2014. The fruit was in perfect condition, although some parcels had suffered from the drought. Beneficial rain fell over the first days of picking. It was quickly absorbed by the dry soils and helped check over-concentration of the juice within the grapes. Harvest continued until October 4th under perfect conditions. Winemaking practices: the wines are vegan. Domaine de Chatenoy Website Menetou Salon Blanc Pierre Clément has raised the quality of his Menetou-Salon Blanc to new heights. He has equipped his winery with the most up to date equipment, to ensure the most gentle handling of the fruit and the full extraction of aromas and flavors. Once picked, the fruit descends to the winery by gravity flow and is selected on a sorting-table. Clément vinifies his Sauvignon Blanc grapes using one-third maceration pelliculaire or maceration with the skins, followed by a gentle, pneumatic pressing. The juice rests in tank for 10 days at a very low temperature of 39.2F to stabilize and develop aromas and flavors. It is cleared (débourbage) and the temperature of the tanks is allowed to rise as the alcoholic fermentation begins slowly, using only native yeasts. The young wine is left on its fine lees in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks through the winter and is bottled after a light filtration in March. The Domaine de Châtenoy Menetou-Salon Blanc is an amazingly vivid wine, bursting with pure aromas of citrus, white peach and flowers. On the palate, it has a precise concentration with long-lasting flavors of red grapefruit, apricot, and minerals.