Alphonse Mellot, Sancerre Blanc ‘La Moussière’ 2017

£26.50 (75cl)

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SKU: LOME0017B

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Sauvignon Blanc vines between 4-40 years of age. Hand harvested into small 25kg boxes and then sorted before pressing. 50% fermented in tank, 50% in new oak barrels. Aged on lees for 7-8 months.

Tasting note

Being pure and honest it is seducer from the outset. Flowers flit around, trees bend down to give their most beautiful fruits to us and the air we breathe is so sweet in this garden full of sweetness that it is intoxicating. Lively, supple and welcoming taste. Predominantly honest in a welcoming balance, it reflects a pretty grape, a fine harvest in the singing and laughter of the men and women pickers. It tells us of work well done in the divine order and Nature's kindness. It is fair, and all one expected and to cap it all there is happiness there.

About the producer

Always fiercely proud of his family history, that stretches all the way back to the 16th century, Alphonse Mellot Junior (19th generation no less!) has elevated the family domaine to the highest level and is widely acknowledged as one of the best producers in Sancerre.

Using biodynamic methods, the wines are produced from the upper Sancerre vineyard, the most famous of which is the LaMoussière, with its Kimmeridgian limestone soils. Outcrops of flinty-clay and chalk add to the mosaic in which the vines descend their sroots. Its exceptional terroir and the resulting wine quality has led to La Moussière being officially classified as a unique category amongst all Sancerre wines.

La Moussière comprises one single vineyard of 34 hectares. Ideally sited on the southwestern tip of Sancerre, its chalk soils provide perfect conditions for the cultivation of the vine. Following biodynamic methods, each and every wine is fine and precise, with piercing acidity and purity, despite the fact that most of them are fermented in new or nearly new oak barrels. The estate’s atmospheric vaulted cellars, built between the 15th and 17th century, lie right at the heart of the town of Sancerre.



Jancis Robinson (Purple Pages jancisrobinson.com):

The group’s favourite Sancerre. Tasted blind. Reticent nose that nevertheless suggests there are hidden depths. Real extract and interest here. This is wine! Beginning, middle and end. Points: 17. Date Tasted: 23/05/2019

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