Clos Des Blanchais from the appellation Menetou-Salon.
Domaine Henri Pelle has its vineyards on the hillsides near the charming village of Morogues. This wine is near the top of the tree of their Sauvignon Blanc range. There is also a small vineyard in Sancerre where a more finely structured wine is made – a lovely contrast to this one.
The wine was bought at the Vintage Cellars 30% off sale after we had tried it at their Wine Fair in Darling Harbour. These are not wines to be left in the cellar, they are generally best enjoyed with the fresh excitement of youth still in the bottle.
We tried the wine at home with poached salmon, bok choy and potoatoes and special sauce. A very good match with this dish. The standard Au/NZ flavours of grass, goosberries and such are so much more restrained in this wine, yet it has so many complex and intense flavours. At the reduced price I doubt I will buy any more from down under – it can be a little one dimensional. This has a slightly oily nose and palate and there are smoky notes too. Ultimately it is the sheer restrained but intense balance of all the elements of this wine that make it great. It may not be quite THE perfect wine for this dish, however it is very close – right to the last mouthfel this is a wonderful wine.