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2010 Alphonse Mellot Sancerre 'Edmond' Loire

2010 Alphonse Mellot Sancerre 'Edmond' Loire

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Even in a region with such a venerable history as Sancerre, the Mellot family boasts an unusually rich heritage. Alphonse Mellot represents the 19th generation of a wine making dynasty: his ancestor, Cesar Mellot was appointed wine advisor to King Louis XIV in 1698. Great wines are not made by obsessing with the past and this is a domaine which is very much focused on the present, but with an eye to the future. A total of 45 hectares of vineyards are immaculately managed according to biodynamic principles and the wines, particularly the top cuvees, benefit from being sourced from old vines; over 80 years in the case of generation XIX. These wines show precise flavours which combine fruit and minerality with a touch of wood.

Matured half in wooden upright and half in demi-muids, some new, the Mellot 2010 Sancerre Edmond is fundamentally dominated by an expression of Persian melon, white peach and quince so ripe – and by a texture so creamy (surprisingly for its vintage) – that it is accepting (and so am I ;-) of the vanilla, lanolin, and caramel elements that it has picked up from oak. Raw almond and wafting, sweet perfume of honeysuckle and heliotrope add to the extravagant appeal of a wine I would by no means have recognized as Sancerre much less one from 2010. Lingering with caressing gentleness and generosity, this will be hard to resist in the near term, and why resist? Still, it will be very interesting to see how it evolves past 3-4 years, and I am not going to hazard a guess.

100% Saugivnon Blanc

Body: 2/4
Acidic: 4/4
Complex: 4/4
Finish: 3/4
Sweet: 1/4

Country: France
Region: Loire
Type of Wine: White
Bottle Size: 750 mL

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