"Alphonse Mellot is based in the heart of the town of Sancerre. La Moussière is a large parcel of vines planted on marls overlaying Kimmeridgian limestone to the west of the town. The domaine is certified both organic and biodynamic. Grapes are hand-picked and 50% is vinified in new barrels and the rest in vats. Wine is matured on fine lees for 7-8 months. The 2020 is a very rich, ripe, powerful and complex with a long finish. Still young with considerable potential to age."
92 points, Jim Budd, Decanter.
Alphonse Mellot is the 18th generation of Mellots in Sancerre, the estate having celebrated its 500th anniversary in 2013. Their 47 ha of vineyards are farmed meticulously by hand, adhering to biodynamic principles and they’re one of very few estates in Sancerre to still pick by hand. No expense has been spared in the winery.
Two Stars - producteur de très grande qualityé, Le Classment 2009. The only Sancerre producer with the rating!
“Each Sancerre [from Mellot] is at its most elegant: discreetly herbaceous, a beautiful weave of citrus, oak and minerals.” Jacqueline Friedrich, (respected US wine critic based in the Loire).
Mineral driven and chalky, it will age to become more like a white Burgundy.