As you can imagine, we have hundreds of opportunities every month to taste wines. We often only pick two or three out of a hundred because that's the way it goes. Yet, onward we slog.
Then we get a call from Mel Master. Mel has been calling on us since Paul Sr.'s days. We choose close to 100% with his offerings, because everything he brings us is fabulous and a great value. So, when Mel calls, our taste buds perk up.
Mel is in business with his son, Charlie. They merged their names when they created Le Charmel to source wines from places like the Languedoc and little-known areas in the Loire, where quality is high and prices are low. What a life! These guys search high and low throughout France for the right grapes at the right price. This wine is just another example of their mastery of the business side of the wine business.
There is little argument that many of the best Sauvignon Blancs in the world come from the Loire communes of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fum?. They have the prices to prove it. But there is great Sauvignon Blanc grown just outside of those areas at about half the price.
In this selection, Le Charmel delivers one of those special finds. No one would argue if we sold this as a $40 Pouilly-Fum?. Fortunately, we don't have to. The soil component is unmistakable. Minerals and chalk abound, surrounded by white peach, melon and sage. A class act from start to finish.
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