Just a few steps away from the small community of Sancerre-en-Berry lies the estate of Alphonse Mellot. This estate’s famous Sancerre cuvees (La Moussièere, Génération XIX) are often listed as some of the world’s 100 best wines.
Unlike many other wineries, the Domaine Mellot vineyards have been reduced in order to guarantee the best quality. In addition to white Sancerres, the estate also produces red Sancerres made from Pinot Noir. Sixty-five perfect of the annual production of 300 bottles of this unique red Sancerre wine is exported outside of France.
Over 19 consecutive family generations this name has been passed on, although it was the great-grandfather of today’s family who developed this estate’s outstanding reputation. Today, the estate is run by father and son team, Alphonse Mellot Junior and Senior. Working at the winery since age 12, Alphonse Junior studied oenology at the best universities in France. Today he is responsible for caring for both the vineyards and the cellars and is 100% dedicated to Rudolf Steiner’s biodynamic principles.
The vineyards found in south-western facing plots are among the vineyards with the highest elevation in Sancerre. The celebrated Cuvée La Moussiere, considered “without competition” thanks to its exceptional finesse,is grown in these vineyards. Wonderfully pure and fresh this wine delights with a bouquet of floral and fruity scents.
The best of the Alphonse Mellot wines are produced from vines grown on chalky soil with marl influences. Hints of clay and flint assist in the formation of fine fruit flavors and give Sancerre the typical mineral notes. According to the winemaker it is this terroir that defines the wines: “It is nature that holds up a mirror in front of us, and gives to us what we give to her. Thanks to her generosity, it is often more than we deserve.”
The Cuvee XIX is the expression of the new generation of Mellot and is produced from 87 year-old vines grown on the “La Moussiere” plots. Honey, lemon and soft floral aromas, such as acacia, are the predominant influences in the bouquet and are complimented by notes of mineral iodine. This Cuvee wets the palate with a perfect balance of acidity and rich flavors, such as toasted hazelnuts, minerals, nutmeg and boxwood.