2020 Alphonse Mellot Sancerre La Moussière

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Loire Valley, France

La Moussière is one of the great vineyards of the Loire Valley. With incredibly rocky, limestone-rich soils, this gently rolling vineyard lies on the ancient Saint-Doulchard marls, which form a part of the great Kimmeridgian chain (à la Chablis). Coupled with Mellot's meticulous biodynamic farming and low yields, it's a terroir responsible for some of Sancerre's most striking and atypical wines. As usual, 50% of this wine underwent fermentation in huge wooden fermenters and was raised in oak casks--a fact that in no way compromises the fabulous purity and energy on offer. The balance of the wine was fermented and raised in traditional concrete vats before blending. All the wine was aged on fine lees for a period of roughly 12 months, further enhancing the wine's famously deep and pulpy texture. Reminiscent of topflight Chablis, those who crave flesh, purity and tension in their white wines will be well advised to jump aboard. According to the year, it's a potent yet fine-boned rendition, with a beautiful weave of lemon pith and white peach. Layers of silky texture are balanced by threads of wet stone minerality, spicy freshness and a long, saline finish. Pair with oysters or Snapper on a bed of green asparagus.


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    La Moussière is one of the great vineyards of the Loire Valley. With incredibly rocky, limestone-rich soils, this gently rolling vineyard lies on the ancient Saint-Doulchard marls, which form a part of the great Kimmeridgian chain (à la Chablis). Coupled with Mellot's meticulous biodynamic farming and low yields, it's a terroir responsible for some of Sancerre's most striking and atypical wines. As usual, 50% of this wine underwent fermentation in huge wooden fermenters and was raised in oak casks--a fact that in no way compromises the fabulous purity and energy on offer. The balance of the wine was fermented and raised in traditional concrete vats before blending. All the wine was aged on fine lees for a period of roughly 12 months, further enhancing the wine's famously deep and pulpy texture. Reminiscent of topflight Chablis, those who crave flesh, purity and tension in their white wines will be well advised to jump aboard. According to the year, it's a potent yet fine-boned rendition, with a beautiful weave of lemon pith and white peach. Layers of silky texture are balanced by threads of wet stone minerality, spicy freshness and a long, saline finish. Pair with oysters or Snapper on a bed of green asparagus.

    Tech Notes

    Varietal / Blend: Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon

    Decant: Not Necessary

    Closure: Cork

    Farming Practices: Biodynamic


  • Loire Valley, France

    If anyone doubted Sauvignon Blanc’s place in the pantheon of Noble White Grapes (and many do), a walk through Alphonse Mellot’s famed La Moussière vineyard or a taste of any bottle of Mellot Sancerre should set matters straight. Mellot’s Sauvignons are capable of recalling great white Burgundy, sometimes Chablis, sometimes Côte d’Or. And they typically age better than most white burgundies do these days! For much of its recent history, the Mellot family has crafted its miraculous Sauvignons in a highly popular region where standards were continuously dropping and the viticulture and wine making was becoming more and more industrial. Alphonse Mellot was, and is, one of the beacons of quality in a region where today, some 98% of fruit is machine harvested.

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