Philippe Gilbert Menetou Salon Blanc 2020 Loire
Roots, labour, exaltation, is the motto of this wonderful, biodynamic estate based in Menetou-Salon, a neighbour of Sancerre on a similar mix of Kimmeridgean chalk and clay.
The estate is notably old and the story begins in 1768 when Francois Gilbert abandoned his job as a publican to take over his father in law's vineyards.
Cut to the 20th century and it remains in the Gilbert family under the watchful eye of Philippe who is a passionate follower of biodynamics.
A lushly aromatic, concentrated sauvignon blanc that is a true expression of the grape's potential in the Loire valley. Chalky, slightly pithy texture makes this an absolute joy to drink.