Alphonse Mellot - Sancerre - La Moussiere

90 points - The Wine Advocate
Alphonse Mellot - Sancerre - La Moussiere - 2020 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Alphonse Mellot - Sancerre - La Moussiere

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The 2020 Sancerre La Moussière opens clear, intense and elegant on the nose, with fully ripe, yellow-fleshed stone fruit aromas (mango, peach) intertwined with refreshing phenolic and also algae notes. Full-bodied, intense and powerful on the palate, this is a mighty but elegant and finely refreshing Sancerre from Kimmeridigian marls. The finish is stimulatingly pure, fresh and saline.
Type:
White
Country:
France
Region:
Loire
Appellation:
Sancerre
Producer:
Alphonse Mellot
Grapes/Blend:
Sauvignon Blanc

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Alphonse Mellot is widely regarded as one of the best producers in the Loire and is one of the region’s leading producers in biodynamics. The majority of the...

Alphonse Mellot is widely regarded as one of the best producers in the Loire and is one of the region’s leading producers in biodynamics. The majority of the wines are vinified and aged in wood, much like Benjamin Dagueneau in neighbouring Pouilly-Fumé. Alphonse Mellot has done a lot over the years to promote the appellation and develop and inspire younger producers.

“…[the Mellot family's] worthy aspirations have gradually raised them to the peaks of the great Sauvignons of the world. Alphonse Mellot's white Sancerres are amongst the most brilliant and pure illustrations of the genius of the Sauvignon grape." Michel Bettane & Thierry Desseauve, The World's Greatest Wines

Local records dating back to 1513 mention the Mellot family, whose life even then was linked to producing wines of excellent quality. Alphonse Mellot founded a hugely popular tavern in Sancerre at the beginning of the 19th century offering local wines which marked the beginning of a flourishing trade. In 1881 he was granted a licence to ship his wine throughout France and all over the world which marked the beginning of the hugely successful wine company as we know it, which has been passed down through generations of the family ever since. The eldest son of each generation has continued to bear the name of the founder and today the property is run by Alphonse Mellot, father and son, the 18th and 19th generation to bear the name.

“Alphonse Mellot (senior) is one of the great characters of Sancerre. His enthusiasm and passion for quality are legendary. The arrival of Alphonse junior in the early 1990s raised the quality still further. “ Jim Budd, Decanter Magazine

The cellars are based at ‘La Moussière’ right at the heart of the historic town of Sancerre, and were built between the 15th and 17th century.

“A touch eccentric, and always boiling over with ideas, he [Alphonse Mellot] has taken the world of Sauvignon Blanc to new heights. The estate, though, is not a one-man show. With 55 hectares of organically farmed vineyards, [and] 45 employees...it is an orchestra conducted by a sometime delirious genius.” Joel B. Payne, vinous.com

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Loire

Loire Valley is a historic wine region located in the central part of France. The region is known for producing some of the finest wines in the world,...

Loire Valley is a historic wine region located in the central part of France. The region is known for producing some of the finest wines in the world, including white, red, and rosé wines. The Loire Valley is home to a number of different appellations, each with its own unique style of wine.

One of the most famous appellations in the Loire Valley is Sancerre. Sancerre is known for producing some of the finest white wines in the world, made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape. The wines of Sancerre are known for their crisp acidity, minerality, and citrus flavors. The region is also known for producing some excellent red wines, made from the Pinot Noir grape.

Another famous appellation in the Loire Valley is Chinon. Chinon is known for producing some of the finest red wines in the world, made from the Cabernet Franc grape. The wines of Chinon are known for their rich, fruity flavors, and their ability to age well.

The Loire Valley is also home to the Muscadet appellation. Muscadet is known for producing some of the finest white wines in the world, made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape. The wines of Muscadet are known for their crisp acidity, minerality, and citrus flavors.

The Loire Valley is also home to the Vouvray appellation. Vouvray is known for producing some of the finest white wines in the world, made from the Chenin Blanc grape. The wines of Vouvray are known for their rich, fruity flavors, and their ability to age well.

The Loire Valley is also home to the Anjou appellation. Anjou is known for producing some of the finest red wines in the world, made from the Cabernet Franc grape. The wines of Anjou are known for their rich, fruity flavors, and their ability to age well.

The Loire Valley is also home to the Pouilly-Fumé appellation. Pouilly-Fumé is known for producing some of the finest white wines in the world, made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape. The wines of Pouilly-Fumé are known for their crisp acidity, minerality, and citrus flavors.

The Loire Valley is also home to the Saumur appellation. Saumur is known for producing some of the finest sparkling wines in the world, made from the Chenin Blanc grape. The wines of Saumur are known for their crisp acidity, minerality, and citrus flavors.

The Loire Valley is also home to the Touraine appellation. Touraine is known for producing some of the finest red and white wines in the world, made from a variety of different grape varieties. The wines of Touraine are known for their rich, fruity flavors, and their ability to age well.

Overall, the Loire Valley is a historic wine region that produces some of the finest wines in the world. Whether you are looking for a crisp white wine, a rich red wine, or a sparkling wine, the Loire Valley has something to offer.

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Sancerre

Sancerre

Sancerre is a wine appellation located in the eastern part of the Loire Valley in France. The region is known for producing some of the finest Sauvignon Blanc...

Sancerre is a wine appellation located in the eastern part of the Loire Valley in France. The region is known for producing some of the finest Sauvignon Blanc wines in the world. The history of winemaking in Sancerre dates back to the Roman times, and the region has been producing wine for over 2,000 years.

The style of production in Sancerre is unique and is characterized by the use of stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation. This allows the winemakers to preserve the natural flavors and aromas of the grapes, resulting in wines that are crisp, refreshing, and full of character.

The primary grape variety grown in Sancerre is Sauvignon Blanc, which accounts for around 80% of the total vineyard area. The remaining 20% is planted with Pinot Noir, which is used to produce red and rosé wines. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown in Sancerre are known for their high acidity, which gives the wines their characteristic crispness and freshness.

The typical wines produced in Sancerre are white wines that are dry, crisp, and refreshing. They are known for their aromas of citrus fruits, green apples, and gooseberries, with a hint of minerality. The red and rosé wines produced in Sancerre are light-bodied and fruity, with flavors of red berries and a hint of spice.

Sancerre is a region that is known for its high-quality wines, and the wines produced here are highly sought after by wine enthusiasts around the world. The region has a long history of winemaking, and the winemakers here are dedicated to producing wines that are true to their terroir and reflect the unique characteristics of the region.

In conclusion, Sancerre is a wine appellation that is known for producing some of the finest Sauvignon Blanc wines in the world. The region has a long history of winemaking, and the winemakers here are dedicated to producing wines that are true to their terroir and reflect the unique characteristics of the region. The wines produced in Sancerre are crisp, refreshing, and full of character, with flavors and aromas that are unique to the region.

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