Sancerre Rosé ‘La Moussière’ Alphonse Mellot. Biodynamic, 2016
Alphonse Mellot, Sancerre
“True artists with Sauvignon… [The Mellot family’s] worthy aspirations have gradually raised them to the peaks of the great Sauvignons of the world. Alphonse Mellot’s white Sancerres are amongst the most brilliant and pure illustrations of the genius of the Sauvignon grape.”
Michel Bettane & Thierry Desseauve, The World’s Greatest Wines
Always fiercely proud of his family history, that stretches all the way back to the 16th century, Alphonse Mellot Junior (19th generation no less!) has elevated the family domaine to the highest level and is widely acknowledged as one of the best producers in Sancerre. Using biodynamic methods, the wines are produced from the upper Sancerre vineyard, the most famous of which is the La Moussière, with its Kimmeridgian limestone soils. Outcrops of flinty-clay and chalk add to the mosaic in which the vines descend their roots. Its exceptional terroir and the resulting wine quality has led to La Moussière being officially classified as a unique category amongst all Sancerre wines.
La Moussière comprises one single vineyard of 34 hectares. Ideally sited on the southwestern tip of Sancerre, its chalk soils provide perfect conditions for the cultivation of the vine. Following biodynamic methods, each and every wine is fine and precise, with piercing acidity and purity, despite the fact that most of them are fermented in new or nearly new oak barrels. The estate’s atmospheric vaulted cellars, built between the 15th and 17th century, lie right at the heart of the town of Sancerre.
Sancerre Rosé ‘La Moussière’: sourced from a 5.5 hectares parcel of Pinot Noir vines between 10-35 years of age. Hand harvested into small 25kg boxes, rigorously sorted, then pressed gently before being fermented in 60hl tronconique oak casks and matured for 7-8 months.
Made from Pinot Noir vines exclusively grown on the Moussière plot, this rosé de presse offers a nose of white pepper and red berries, a beautiful salmon colour and a delicately spicy, round and fresh palate.
Grape: Pinot Noir