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2016 Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Moussiere

Fine Sancerre from "One of the Best in the World"
July 5, 2018

Sancerre Country  

The Mellot family has a long history in Sancerre, dating back to 1513. One Cesar Mellot was wine advisor to Louis XVI in 1698. In the ensuing years, nineteen winemakers named Alphonse Mellot have succeeded each other father to son.

Since the early 19th century they have shipped the wine of their large Moussiere estate in central Sancerre.

In the 80s Alphonse XVIII brought the estate into prominence with some single vineyard wines that led the Revue du Vin de France to rank them with those of Didier Dagueneau as the best Sauvignon Blancs of the Loire. The current Alphonse, 19th in the line, continued the improvements so much that that the RVFnow calls Mellot's winemaking "among the best in the world."

Unlike Dagueneau, Mellot has an affordable Sancerre from his Moussiere vineyard. His 2016 Moussiere Sancerre is in a elegant and refined style with more breed than most. Its invitingly fragrant aroma belies the richness and breadth of fruit that it develops in the glass. It caresses rather than overwhelms the palate with a delicate lime and melon fruit, a perfect Sauvignon for summer.

2016 Alphonse Mellot Sancerre La Moussiere; Aroma: heady rather dense mineral, clean acidity ; Mouth: fleshy full, fat ripe fruit ripe lemon grapefruit, rich, a melon note, good drive; Very Good - Excellent 29.99; Mixed Case, 26.99; Case, 25.49

 

Special mixed case: Three bottles of each of the above for a special price of $489

 

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