Domaine Alphonse Mellot - Sancerre - La Moussiere - white - 2019 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“The 2019 Sancerre La Moussière is quite rich, ripe and intense on the yeasty nose that represents a coolish, calcareous marl terroir with really old vines (roughly 60 years old). The fruit is reminiscent of ripe, yellow apples with just a discreet tone of gooseberries. Rich and intense on the palate, this is a powerful and, for now, quite creamy-textured Sancerre that lacks a bit of esprit, freshness and tension. The wine reveals fine tannins instead and might develop well over the years in the bottle but is definitely from a warmer, sunnier vintage.” Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate
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