Domaine Alphonse Mellot - Sancerre - La Moussiere - white - 2018 - 750 ml
WHAT THE WINEMAKERS ARE SAYING
“Lively like the look in your eyes, sweet like a kiss. Very fine gold colour with a green sheen. Its nose has a flowery fruity bouquet. Being pure and honest it is seducer from the outset. Flowers flit around, trees bend down to give their most beautiful fruits to us and the air we breathe is so sweet in this garden full of sweetness that it is intoxicating. Lively, supple and welcoming taste. Predominantly honest in a welcoming balance, it reflects a pretty grape, a fine harvest in the singing and laughter of the men and women pickers. It tells us of work well done in the divine order and Nature's kindness. It is fair, and all one expected and to cap it all there is happiness there.” Alphonse Mellot
Sancerre is first and foremost an isolated hill that rises up in the middle of a serene landscape bathed by the soft light of the Loire river. As far back as the XVI century, in 1513 to be exact, the local records mention the Mellot family, whose life even at that time was governed by the seasons of the vine and the production of wines of excellent quality. At the beginning of the XIX century, Alphonse Mellot founded a tavern in Sancerre where one could savour the local wines and so began a flourishing trade that was to continue. Today, this century old winemaking tradition is perpetuated by Alphonse Mellot, father and son, the 18th and 19th to bear the name.
The wines are produced from the upper Sancerre vineyard, the most famous of which is the Domaine La Moussière. Its exceptional quality has led to it being officially classified as a unique category amongst the Sancerre wines. The Domaine comprises one single vineyard of over thirty hectares.
Grape variety: Sauvignon blanc
Exposure: South - Southwest
Soil: Saint-Doulchard marls (solids lumps)
Subsoil: Upper Lusitanian to Portlandian period cretaceous
Harvesting: La Moussière is produced from vines between 4 and about 40 years old. It is picked in small 25 Kg boxes. All the grapes have been sorted by a sorting table and transported into the press by a conveyor belt (whole grape pressing).
Average yield: 53 hl/ha
Area: 34 ha
Planting density: 8000 to 10 000 vine stocks per ha (at present about 14 ha with 10 000 vine stocks/ha. All new plantations have 9000 to 10 000 vine stocks given that the Sancerre vineyard is generally planted in accordance with the appellation order with 6,666 vine stocks per hectare.
Viticulture: The vines are pruned by the simple Guyot method or Royat Cordon pruning. The vineyard is trained in organic and biodynamic vine growing.
Wine-making: Sequential pneumatic pressing. Static settling at temperatures below 10°C for about 48 hours. Fermentation takes place in vats for 50% and the rest in new casks at a temperature between 18° and 23°C.
Ageing: on fine lees over 7 to 8 month
Production: About 240,000 bottles of the La Moussière Vintage are produced and it is bottled by us on the estate