Pelle Sancerre la Croix au Garde Blanc 2020

Produced from 100% Sauvignon Blanc grown in four hectares planted in ‘Caillotes’ soils (pebbly clay and limestone), Pelle’s beautiful Sancerre la Croix au Garde Blanc produces beautifully fine wine year in and year out. Aromas of citrus and floral notes lead off on the nose and follow through to the palate, with a focused core of classic Sauvignon fruit that is only found in the best wines of Sancerre, all supported by racy crisp acidity and minerality through the long finish.

The fact that it is poured by the glass at the fabulous Michelin starred Marea restaurant in New York is a testament to this wine’s superb quality. Selected to pair perfectly with their amazing seafood driven menu it will set you back $30 by the glass and $105 for the bottle, pretty typical NYC restaurant mark up. Today we are offering it for just $26.99 per bottle, and $24.99 on six or more!

With coming shortages and big price increases coming due to the severe freeze that damaged the 2021 crop, we bought all we could of this wine. Unfortunately it was only a baker’s dozen or so cases, get it while it lasts!



Country: France
Région: Loire, Sancerre
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc
Farming: Practicing organic. Since 1982, Domaine Pellé has been cultivating 4 hectares of Sancerre planted at 7,500 vines per hectare in the village of Montigny. Les ‘Caillotes’ – pebbly clay and limestone soils
Vinification: combination of mostly tank and some foudre. Aged in a combination of mostly tank and some foudre

Paul-Henry Pellé, the fourth-generation to run this fantastic Domaine, organically farms 40 hectares of vines mainly in the appellation of Menetou-Salon. But he also has four hectares in Sancerre planted in superb ‘Caillotes’ soils composed of pebbly clay and limestone. The fermentations are mainly stainless steel, with about 15% in a combination of foudres and 400-liter barrels in a beautiful 13th century underground cellar. Importer Doug Polaner notes “Like the top wines from Chavignol, Pellé wines drink well on release, but also have the power and precision to age beautifully for 10-15 years, often longer in top vintages.”


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