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Alphonse Mellot Sancerre 'La Moussière' Rouge 2013
- Great Domaines
all ratings out of 100 points.
Pinot Noir: "the royal variety". For the pure pleasure of vinifying one of the greatest red grape varieties which is also the most merciless.
Sancerre Rouge "La Moussière" is produced from young vines to be just like biting into the grapes themselves: ripe and richly red, a wine that is both tender and vigorous, with no complex.
Tasting Note on 2012 Vintage:
"The 2012 Sancerre La Moussière red is Alphonse Mellot’s beautifully floral perfumed, elegant and balanced flagship cuvee. It is a cherry colored 100% Pinot Noir with lovely pure and dark sour cherry, dark and red berry and violet aromas leading to spicy notes of red pepper and tobacco leafs. This full-bodied, silky-textured, fruit-intense and pithy red is almost drinkable and finishes with a pure sour cherry aroma and a good and animating grip." - David Schildknecht, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
100% Pinot Noir
80%-100% new oak for 10-18 months
Vineyards & vinification:
Cold macerated for 5 to 10 days before fermentation for 4 weeks. Malolactic fermentation follows and wine aged 10-18 months. Total production: 23000 bottles.
Proudly standing out in a region where almost 98% of the vineyards are harvested by machine, Alphonse Mellot reaches deep into the largely untapped potential of the Loire Valley, bottling some of the finest Sauvignon Blanc in the region. The eldest son in each generation has been named Alphonse since 1513, the current team consisting of father and son, Alphonse Sr and Jr - the 19th generation!
Stay over in Sancerre at the Hotel Bristol, right in the middle of town, and in the morning you need only cross the road straight into Alphonse and Emmanuele Mellot’s office. Their 500 year heritage may create high expectations of their Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, and they do not disappoint - with their reception or their wines. The words “enjoy life” reach new heights at this domaine.
They currently look after 47 hectares of vineyard planted in limestone-rich soils. By far the most well-known and remarkable vineyard is La Moussière. This beautiful sloping, south-facing vineyard is one of the best kept vineyards in France with 8000 vines per hectare. Fully biodynamic, harvest is done completely by hand before making its way to Mellot’s modern cellar, filled with every toy a wine-maker could wish for.
After fermentation, wine spends a short time in large 600 litre casks. Alphonse controversially uses larger casks to promote oxygenation, breadth and depth. The result speaks for itself, producing one of the world’s benchmark Sauvignon Blancs.
Alphonse Junior (number 20) has also brought volume and body to their Sancerre Rouge (100% Pinot Noir), which can finally stand up to its white counterparts after many years of playing second fiddle.
If you are looking for purity, ageworthy and layered Sauvignon Blancs, you should look no further than this domaine.
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