2012 Jean Max Roger Menetou Salon Le Charnay
Sancerre and Pouilly Fume without the price tag !
In recent years the wines of Menetou Salon, to the west of Sancerre, have enjoyed plenty of attention from sommeliers and journalists in search of new vinous pleasures. Thankfully, these fantastic wines are no longer considered "inside knowledge". To better grasp the appeal of Menetou Salon, think Sancerre or Pouilly Fume without the price tag, and you then understand why a following has developed the world over.
"Le Charnay" from Jean Max Roger grabbed our attention after the 2010 vintage won the favour of the New York Times tasting panel, praising this particular cuvee as the highlight of a line up including the top names in Sauvignon Blanc from the Central Loire Valley.
Brilliant pale straw colour with a tinge of green around the edges and watery hue. Ripe lime and green apple aromas are followed by a hint of asparagus with some fresh herb end notes. The palate shows slightly more concentration and texture than the Les Caillottes Sancerre with flavours of lime, a touch of green apple, spicy herbs and mineral. Clean crisp dry finish. Medium to long aftertaste of lime, spicy herbs and mineral.
Drink over the next 1-2 years (2014-2016).