Alphonse Dolly Menetou-Salon 2020



Menetou-Salon is part of the ‘central vineyards’ of the Loire, adjacent to Sancerre but a fraction of its size in vineyard coverage and wine production. The Sauvignon Blanc vines here are planted on a terroir of ancient sea beds, kimmeridgian marls and limestone recognisable by the remains of small oyster shells in the vineyards, commonly known as ‘chicken ears’.

Grapes are harvested at night and pressed slowly to extract the best from the fruit, then cool fermented without the use of sulphites. The wine rests on fine lees in stainless steel under nitrogen, before filtering and bottling, also under nitrogen to further limit the use of sulphites.

Steely gold in appearance, the nose shows a mix of wild flowers and tropical and citrus fruits. Fruity and zesty on the palate, with hints of green apple and gooseberry, there’s a light flintiness to the mid-palate, with citrus peel and more floral hints on the finish.

  • Fruity, flinty, zesty
  • 750ml
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2025

Producer: Eric Louis Sancerre

Eric Louis is a fourth generation winegrower and vigneron, working the same vineyards that his great grandmother Pauline did when she founded the family estate in the 19th century. 'Les Celliers de la Pauline' are the estate's cellars, built above ground due to the risk of flooding from the nearby Loire river.

Eric and his associate Sophie Bertin now tend a mosaic of 60 individual plots over 35 hectares along the Loire, including the appellations of Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and Menetou-Salon. The estate was awarded HVE level 3 — the top level of High Environmental Value — in 2019 and began the conversion to organic farming in 2020. The work in the vineyard is extensive and exhaustive — no herbicides, no insecticides, manual tillage, disbudding and bunch thinning — all geared towards improving the quality of the grapes while protecting the precious vineyard ecosystem.

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