Wine of the week: a vital and perfectly flavoured Menetou

2017 Menetou-SalonYou are guaranteed to be amazed at the energy and pristine freshness of this wine, says Matthew Jukes.

2017 Menetou-Salon, Domaine de l’Ermitage

www.jonathanhirschler.fr

2017 Menetou-Salon, Domaine de l'Ermitage, Laurence et Graud de la Farge, Loire, France£15, Robert Rolls, 020-3215 0011, robertrolls.com

There are few people as respected in our wine trade as Robert Rolls. I have known him for more than 30 years, but I rarely taste his wines and I am not sure why this is. Perhaps it is that he keeps himself to himself, and his modesty and the scarcity of stock of many of his wines mean that he doesn't make too much of a fuss about his business. We bumped into each other the other day and he said he would send me a case of samples and every wine was not only superb, but they were also all stunning value, too.

Loires, Rhnes and Burgundies, and all under £25, it was this keenly priced Menetou that completely amazed me with its finesse and control. A couple of months ago I wrote up a Pouilly-Fum, which was one of the most imposing, intense and age-worthy sauvignon blancs I have ever tasted.

Domaine de l'Ermitage is almost the complete opposite. It is vital, immediately appealing, open and giving, and perfectly flavoured from the bright citrus and herb nose to the cool, stony, mouth-watering finish. It is drinking right now and you are guaranteed to be amazed at the energy and pristine freshness of this wine.

I hope that you feel moved to buy it and then take a look at Robert's collection of fascinating Domaines. I am sure he would be gracious enough to add a few MoneyWeek wine fans to his elite client list.

Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (matthewjukes.com).

Recommended

The fast-growing success of Britain’s wine industry
Wine

The fast-growing success of Britain’s wine industry

Hotter summers are great for the nation’s winemakers, says Chris Carter. But land for vineyards is selling at a premium – expect to pay up to £25,000 …
25 Aug 2022
Collecting rare whisky: a £16m tipple served with froth
Alternative investments

Collecting rare whisky: a £16m tipple served with froth

The market in rare whisky is looking very bubbly, says Chris Carter, with a 1975 cask of recently selling for £16m.
26 Jul 2022
​​​​​​​2020 Rall: a triumphant syrah
Wine

​​​​​​​2020 Rall: a triumphant syrah

A triumphant incarnation of the syrah grape from one of South Africa’s superstar winemakers.
14 Jun 2022
2021 Akitu: New Zealand’s finest “white” pinot noir
Wine

2021 Akitu: New Zealand’s finest “white” pinot noir

Act without delay to secure this enchanting Kiwi white – there is nothing like it on earth
24 May 2022

Most Popular

Should you take a 25% tax-free pension lump sum in instalments?
Pensions

Should you take a 25% tax-free pension lump sum in instalments?

Taking out a 25% tax-free lump sum sounds appealing but it might not be the best way to manage your pension
30 Sep 2022
Mortgage early repayment charges: are they worth the cost?
Mortgages

Mortgage early repayment charges: are they worth the cost?

With interest rates set to rise further in the months ahead, is it worth swallowing early repayment charges to refinance your mortgage today?
4 Oct 2022
Why the Bank of England intervened in the bond market
Government bonds

Why the Bank of England intervened in the bond market

A sudden crisis for pension funds exposed to rapidly rising bond yields meant the Bank of England had to act. Cris Sholto Heaton looks at the lessons …
30 Sep 2022