Alphonse Mellot Satellite 2020 The Wine Gate Shop
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Loire – Sancerre

Alphonse Mellot Satellite 2020

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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

Satellite, a cuvee resulting from the assemblage of five superb localities on the Chavignol hillsides in the Sancerre appellation.

Information

  • Domain Alphonse Mellot
  • Color
    White
  • Vintage 2020
  • Variety 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Culture Biodynamic
  • Alcohol degrees14°

Tasting Notes

Eye, bouquet, palate

An elegant nose, a golden robe with paler glints about it, and a taste of ripe quince and grapefruit that leaves a gently refreshing fruitiness on the palate with notes of citrus peel and a crystalline iodine finish.

Temperature

11°

Drinking window

2023-2030

Wine and food pairing

Accompanied by oysters, a langoustine cassoulet or Crottin de Chavignol cheese, Satellite provides immediate pleasure and will gradually come to express its full complexity as the years pass.