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Alphonse Mellot

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Oak barrel in egg shape in the winery cellar. Photo: Alphonse Mellot.

The Sancerre appellation in the Loire Valley is home to both white and red wines under its name. Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir are the most popular. When it comes to the more famous white wines, one experiences absolute highs and lows in Sancerre. The Sauvignon Blancs from there can range from inconsequential, primary fruity and interchangeable to outstanding and great. Alphonse Mellot is definitely among the region's spearheads. If this widely planted variety can show its terroir anywhere in wine, it is on these soils in the Loire Valley. The limestone and flint soils, known as silex, give the wines their finishing touches. Instead of soapy and lush, the Sauvignon Blancs show up sparse, mineral. Sometimes even slightly smoky. Long-lived wines, which have their charm young as well as mature. Above all to the elevated kitchen these wines exhaust their full potential. The wines of Alphonse Mellot live on identity, character and reference to origin. The naturally loud, aromatic grape variety Sauvignon Blanc is at its best here. One looks for primary fruit and a perfumed appearance in vain. Alphonse Mellot leaves the stage to purism, stoniness and barrenness. Fine, often ethereal and herbal aromas are in the foreground. The fruit always appears serious, green to yellowish and natural.

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19 generations of experience

The winery exists in the 19th generation. Father and son work here side by side on the cultural heritage of their ancestors. They grow Sauvignon Blanc as well as Pinot Noir of the highest quality in their monopollage "La Moussière". The Sancerre "Cuvée Edmond" is a revelation in terms of Sauvignon Blanc and extremely strong in character. You can't get much more out of this variety in the wine world. This is very close to perfection. This top cuvee is named after the father.

With the Sancerre Generation XIX, the next generation shows where the journey will lead. Precision and clarity are brought into focus. A rare good is experienced with the Pinot Noirs from the Loire, which are unjustly hardly spread in our latitudes. The quality level is extremely high and the wines are full of elegance and complexity.

Written by Marian Henß