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Loire – Sancerre

Alphonse Mellot La Demoiselle 2018

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ROBERT PARKER

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 Vintage

The cherry becomes kirschy with the stony mineral and peppery notes reminiscent of roasted ribs. A real surprise on this great grape variety that is the pinot noir.

Information

  • Domain Alphonse Mellot
  • Vineyard Centre
  • Color
    White
  • Vintage 2018
  • Variety 100% Pinot Noir
  • Culture Biodynamic
  • Alcohol degrees14.5°

Tasting Notes

Eye, bouquet, palate

Dense ruby color, the nose is marked by the terroir. The flinty clay expresses itself here on notes of smoke and kirsch cherries, all melted in silky tannins to the extreme.

Temperature

14°

Wine and food pairing

Poached eggs with cep mushroom sauce, wild duck with spices, cinnamon pears.