Pierre Menard Laika Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Exceptional Sauvignon Blanc from 70+ year old vines. This Sauvignon Blanc is defined by white fruit, floral notes and citrus with an energetic feel, good tension and great length.



Back in the 1960s, a hillside vineyard called Clos de la Roche in Faye d'Anjou was planted to Sauvignon Blanc. "A shot in the dark" as Pierre Menard notes, since the region had no experience with this variety. For this reason Pierre named the wine after another experiment of uncertain outcome, the well-known space dog Laika, which was sent to space on Sputnik, right around the same time the vineyard was planted.

Soils at Clos de la Roche are defined by schist. The grapes are pressed slowly and gently before they ferment on their native yeasts in used barrique barrels. Ten months later Pierre bottles without fining or filtration. The Laika Sauvignon Blanc is defined by white fruit, floral notes and citrus with an energetic feel, good tension and great length.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Farming Standard biological
Winemaker Pierre Menard
Producer Domaine Pierre Menard
Alcohol 14.10
ml 750
Residual Sugar (g/L) 1.10
Acidity (g/l) 5.50
Closure Cork
Cellar Potential Ready but will age well for 5-7 years and beyond.
Grape Variety 100% - Sauvignon Blanc
Body full
Sweetness dry
region Loire Valley


Loire Valley

Covering 87 different AOCs, the Loire Valley is known for a fresh and fruity wine style, paired with crisp flavors. Some of the best known AOCs of France can be found in this region, including Sancerre, Chinon, Muscadet Sevre et Maine and Pouilly-Fume.

The region is dominated by the variety's Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Melon de Bourgogne ("Muscadet") for whites and by Cabernet Franc, Gamay and Pinot Noir for reds. Next to still wines, the Loire Valley is also the second-largest producer of sparkling wines in France.


Anjou AOC

The part of the Loire appellation known as "Middle Loire" is comprised of the Anjou and Saumur sub-appellations.

Within the Anjou wine region are many different appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC), each one responsible for a broad spectrum of wines including reds, whites and rosé as well as sweet wines. The region produces more varied wine styles from different grape varieties than any other Loire Valley wine region.

The two main grape varieties of the Anjou are Chenin blanc, which is here sometimes referred to as Pineau de la Loire and Cabernet Franc. Chenin Blanc is made into dry, sweet and sparkling wine. Cabernet Franc is used mostly for rosé and still red wines.

mostly for rosé and still red wines.

SKU: 3214