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Producer: Alphonse MellotGrape Varieties: 100% Sauvignon BlancOptimum Drinking: Within 6 yearsWine Style: A wonderfully rich and concentrated SancerreAlcohol by Volume: 12%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
Sancerre, a dramatically situated hilltop town on the left bank of the upper Loire, lends its name to one of the Loire's most famous wines.
The average altitude of the Sancerre hills is between 200 and 400M. The Sauvignon grape has adapted well to many of the varied "terroirs" around Sancerre where, in 14 different communes, vines are cultivated, particularly on south-facing slopes.
There are 3 different areas: the western vineyards are made up of clay and limestone soils that produce quite powerful wines, those between here and the town of Sancerre are high in gravel as well as limestone and produce quite delicate wines and those close to Sancerre itself are rich in flint and yield longer-living, particularly perfumed wines.
Alphonse Mellot inherits a tradition as "vigneron" which has been passed from father to son since 1513. This great heritage can now be enjoyed in the superb Sancerres that led the Wine Spectator to comment: "The Domaine is a revelation in style - the sunny side of Sancerre - "
Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc with a south west exposure
Age of Vines: Produced from old La Moussiere vines between 40 and 87 years old
Planting density: 8000 to 10000 vines/ha Average Yield: 41hl/haArea: 6 ha Soil: Limestone
Harvest: The grapes are picked in small 25kg boxes. All the grapes are sorted by a sorting table and transported into the press by conveyor belt (whole grape pressing).
Vinification: Sequential pneumatic pressing. Static settling at temperature below 10°C for about 48h. Fermentation take place in new casks for 60 %, 20% in one wine casks and 20% in two casks at a temperature between 18 and 24°C. The wood comes from predominantly French Bertrange oaks, the firewood of which is average and honey coloured, It is used for 228L and 300L casks and 320L flutes.
Viticulture: Simple Guyot method or Royat Cordon pruning. The vineyard is trained in organic and biodynamic vine growing.Ageing: It is aged on its fine lees and regularly pumped over a variable ageing period depending on the year (10 to 14 months on average)Production: 26000 bottles per annum
Serve: At 10-12°C as an aperitif or 12 - 14°C
Taste: An elegant, dry white wine with a good balance of fruit and wood. Rich and harmonious with a long and elegant finish. A wonderfully concentrated wine of great character. Will age well.
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