Alphonse Mellot La Moussiere Sancerre Blanc 2018
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
The 2018 Sancerre La Moussière is clear and intense on the nose that needs some aeration to breathe and contextualize its detached, fully ripe and aromatic baby fruit and to exhibit its fascinating purity and finesse beyond. Full-bodied, intense and concentrated, this is a ripe, rich and still very fruity but complex Sancerre from 60-year-old vines in calcareous marl soils. The 2018 needs some years to become a real wine, though it tastes very attractive already today. Tasted in February 2021.
There is much controversy surrounding the origins of Sancerre. Certain historians attribute it to Julius Cesar, others to a Saxon settlement that is said to have been established during the reign of Charlemagne. It is however certain that its history goes back to the beginning of the Middle Ages, before the year 1000 and that a Castle was erected on this privileged site.
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. The Mellot family, vinegrowers and wine merchants, was again mentioned during the siege of the town. They pursued their patient labours and continued to gain recognition because César Mellot was appointed as Wine Advisor to Louis XIV in 1698.
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. In 1881 he was granted a licence to ship his wine throughout France and all over the World. This marked the beginning of a pacific conquest which has been pursued and developed by the family business from father to son ever since, with the eldest son continuing to bear the name of the Founder Alphonse.
Today, this century old winemaking tradition is perpetuated by Alphonse MELLOT, father and son, the 18th and 19th to bear the name.