Chiseled, stony, mineral, powerful, atypical - these are all words that could be used to describe the remarkable wines of Sancerre's Domaine Alphonse Mellot. For almost two hundred years now, the family has been crafting what has been hailed as the most brilliant and pure illustrations of the genius of the Sauvignon grape - and this week we are extremely happy to be able to offer you the Domaine's electrifying new releases. Enjoy!
2017 Alphonse Mellot Sancerre La Moussière - $66 per bottle
Biodynamic and hand harvested. The beautiful, gently rolling Moussière vineyard with cultivated, incredibly rocky, limestone-rich soils, lies on the ancient Saint-Doulchard belt which forms a part of the great Kimmeridgian chain (à la Chablis). This terroir, when coupled with this house's meticulous biodynamic farming and low yields, is responsible for some of Sancerre's most striking and atypical wines. Those who crave substance, purity and tension in their white wines will be well advised to jump aboard. 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 line, elegance and energy. The balance of the wine was meanwhile fermented and raised in traditional concrete vats, before blending. All of the wine was aged on fine lees for a period of roughly 12 months, further enhancing the wine's famously deep and pulpy texture. In 2017, this flesh is shot through with ripe citrus, pear and nettle fruit notes, all balanced by pithy freshness and a long, saline finish. Stunning and far too impressive to be called an ‘entry-level’ wine. - Importers Notes
“Vinified 50% in wooden cuve, 50% in stainless steel. This has quite brilliant aromatics brimming with the scents of limestone and flowers, rather like putting one's nose down to the very fragments of Kimmeridgian marl that litter this vineyard. The palate carries a similar mineral but also floral profile, with notes of orange citrus. It is beautifully elegant, fresh and pure on the palate, polished and bright, an intertwining of limestone, citrus pith and floral notes. An impressive 'entry level' cuvée.” - 92-94 Points, Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor.com
2016 Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Cuvée Edmond - $149 per bottle
Biodynamic and hand harvested, Cuvée Edmond is the antithesis of modern 'textbook' Sancerre. It is drawn from some of the oldest vines in the La Moussière vineyard; south-facing vines between 45 and 87 years of age. Here the Saint-Doulchard marls have given way to a blanket of stones or caillottes (weathered limestone called calcaires à Astartes). Edmond's fermentation and élevage mostly take place in 600-litre barrels, with a portion now raised in one of Taransaud's 2,000-litre egg-shaped casks, the kind that can be seen at Dagueneau (called ‘Ovum’). In total, the wine is aged on fine lees for 10-14 months. The final result described in Mellot's own words is “...a virile Sancerre.” As if carved from the stones themselves, it delivers everything you could ask of a profound white wine from limestone soils: depth, texture, aromatic complexity, structure, substance, precision, profound minerality and age-worthiness (these can live 20-30 years and typically start to peak only after 5-10 years). In short, this a truly unique wine of great class that extends, with each sip, the boundaries of what we understand Sauvignon (and Sancerre) to be capable of delivering. - Importers Notes
"The flagship cuvée, in my mind anyway. From the same Kimmeridgian terroir as La Moussière, of course, but from a small and select parcel of older vines, aged between 80 and 100 years. Vinified in oak, as always, and this is a sample taken from cuve where this wine currently rests, awaiting bottling. A wonderfully expressive style on the nose, with the scents of musky perfumed limestone, rubbed with citrus oils. It feels heady, with a wonderfully intense and pure palate, broad, supple and sinewy, but with such surging energy and citrus, orange-pith confidence. It feels complete and if any wines here remind me of the work of a certain vigneron from Pouilly-Fumé it is this one. It is bright with fabulous acidity. Beautifully long, too. This is a superb example of the Edmond cuvée." - 95-97 Points, Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor.com
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