This wine has flavors of pure lemon fruit and is light bright and refreshing with crisp minerality
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Les Bornés, which means ‘clay soil’ in the Berrichon diaelct, is made from grapes grown on a combination of the different areas of the Menetou-Salon region.
The vines are planted at a density of 7500 plants/hectare and the grapes are pneumatically pressed, before being allowed to settle in a cold environment for 48 hours. Fermentation take place between 14°C and 18°C, for three to four weeks and the wine is aged in stainless steel vats, on fine lees, for six months.
For four generations, the Pellé family has been producing Menetou-Salon and Sancerre appellation wines in Morogues to the far east of the Loire Valley. Their aim is to bring out the expression of each terroir, applying high standards and rigor, using neither herbicides nor insecticides. Biodiversity and their work on the soils enable the vines to draw out the qualities and complexities that lie deep down within the region's clay and limestone soils (Kimmeridgian marls).
In the cellars, they intervene only when they have to, applying the appropriate techniques and ensuring the wines are made as naturally as possible. The diversity of their products is the result of careful blending that they re-evaluate with each new vintage, vinifying grapes from different vineyard parcels separately, so that they capture all their subtleties.
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon blanc is a green-skinned grape variety that originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape most likely gets its name from the French words sauvage ("wild") and blanc ("white") due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in South West France. It is planted in many of the world's wine regions, producing a crisp, dry, and refreshing white varietal wine. The grape is also a component of the famous dessert wines from Sauternes and Barsac. Sauvignon Blanc is widely cultivated in France, Chile, Romania, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Bulgaria, the states of Washington and California in the US. Some New World Sauvignon blancs, particularly from California, may also be called "Fumé Blanc", a marketing term coined by Robert Mondavi in reference to Pouilly-Fumé.
Depending on the climate, the flavor can range from aggressively grassy to sweetly tropical. In cooler climates, the grape has a tendency to produce wines with noticeable acidity and "green flavors" of grass, green bell peppers and nettles with some tropical fruit (such as passion fruit) and floral (such as elderflower) notes. In warmer climates, it can develop more tropical fruit notes but risks losing much aroma from over-ripeness, leaving only slight grapefruit and tree fruit (such as peach) notes. Wine experts have used the phrase "crisp, elegant, and fresh" as a favorable description of Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley and New Zealand.
Menetou-Salon is a commune in the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region of France. The commune is located 16 kilometres North of Bourges.
Statutes dated 1063 and 1100 tell us that the Seigneur of Menetou made donations to various religious orders in the region. Meanwhile, from other documents we learn that wines from the Menetou- Salon region were among the most highly prized wines served by Jacques Coeur, a silversmith who took over the seigneurie of Menetou in 1450. It is said that when Agnès Sorel, a favourite of Charles VII, came to stay at his Château, she was particularly impresses by the “Clos de la Dame” wine.
The vines of this region are planted in upper Jurassic (Kimmeridgian) limestone sediment. The climate here is temperate with a continental influence. Average temperatures range from 30°F in winter to 78°F in summer; the wide variations can be explained by a gradual reduction in oceanic influence. Spring frosts pose a danger, but tend to be rare.
Tasting: pure lemon fruit, mineral, crisp, bright and aromatic
Pairing: fresh white fish or other seafood dishes