In January, I drove south and west from Sancerre and the Loire River to the gently rolling hills of Menetou-Salon. The best of our visits that day was with Valentin Moindrot of Domaine de Loye, an irresistibly happy guy whose wines will make you feel just about the same way! Valentin’s dad founded the estate in 1970 with vines his grandfather planted in the ‘50s.
These old vines are rooted in deep limestone, and limestone-infused clay. This mineral soil adds great vibrancy to their Sauvignon, loaded with aromas and flavors of white flowers, lime-blossom and citrus fruit. His 2017 Menetou-Salon juicy enough to be delicious on its own poolside and but with a nervy, high-toned backbone that makes it perfect at any table.
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The best part of my trip to Menetou-Salon was spending the day with Valentin Moindrot. He was a very happy guy, and his beautiful wines made me very happy as well!
This beautifully vibrant Sauvignon blanc can be enjoyed by itself poolside, but has enough acidity to be enjoyed with most food as well.