Alphonse Mellot En Grands champs 2011 The Wine Gate Shop
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Loire – Sancerre

Alphonse Mellot En Grands champs 2011

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The estate

In 1513, the records of Sancerre mention the Mellot family. The Mellot family, vinegrowers ad wine merchants, was again mentioned during the siege of the town. They pursued their patient labours and continued to gain recognition because César Mellot was appointed as Wine Advisor to Louis XIV in 1698. At the beginning of the XIX century, Alphonse Mellot founded a tavern in Sancerre where one could savour the local wines and so began the flourishing trade that was to continue.

In 1881, he was granted a licence to ship his wine throughout France and all over the world. This marked the beginning of a pacific conquest which has been pursued and developed by the family business from father to son ever since, with the eldest son continuing to bear the name of the founder Alphonse.

The vineyard

The wines are produced from the upper Sancerre vineyard, the most famous of which is the « Domaine La Moussière  », one single vineyard of over thirty hectares. Its ideally exposed location of the south western tip of Sancerre, its chalk soil and its specific sub-soil are all perfect conditions of the cultivation of the vine according the biodynamic principles (Certificated by Ecocert and Biodyvin).

White wine is produced from the noble grape called « Sauvignon Blanc» with small, very tightly packed grapes, that is amongst the oldest known varieties. Sancerre has an eminent position in the hierarchy of white wines thanks to its great finesse, its bouquet and fruitiness. Red and rosé Sancerre are produced from the « Pinot noir » grapes, particularly from the older vines.

The wine

This 100% Pinot Noir red wine has a powerful nose with notes of blackberry, morello cherry and pink pepper blending into a jubilantly smoky bouquet, a superbly rich carmine robe and an elegantly fresh and fruity palate set off by fine silky tannins.

Information

  • Domain Alphonse Mellot
  • Vineyard Centre
  • Color
    Red
  • Vintage 2011
  • Variety 100% Pinot Noir
  • Culture Biodynamic
  • Alcohol degrees13°

Tasting Notes

Eye, bouquet, palate

Nose : notes of blackberry, morello cherry and pink pepper blending into a jubilantly smoky bouquet

Robe: a superbly rich carmine robe

Palate: an elegantly fresh and fruity palate set off by fine silky tannins.

Temperature

14°

Drinking window

2020-2025

Wine and food pairing

En Grands Champs is a perfect match for a fine piece of Charolais beef, a chicken liver terrine or a peach soup dessert.