Alphonse Mellot La Moussière Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc 2014

9.032 ratings on Delectable
$34.99

In one of Sancerre's greatest vintages ever, this will surpass even the WA 94 point 2013! 55 year-old Sauvignon Blanc grown on stony sites and one-third aged in new barrel. A rich wine with plenty of luscious citrus and orchard fruit, and layered with notes of fresh herb, smoke, flint, limestone, and more. Remains precise, fresh, and mouthwatering for all the richness. Very long.

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Ratings on Delectable

William Hughes Delectable Pro

2014 is the year for Loire Valley whites. This Sauvignon Blanc is spot on with notes of freshly cut hay, melon, green herbs, and minerals. Delicious.

2014 is the year for Loire Valley whites. This Sauvignon Blanc is spot on with notes of freshly cut hay, melon, green herbs, and minerals. Delicious.

9.1

M

20170112 WineView 23562 2nd time Drank: 20170224 Lost the secret favor of the first trial. Taste: still with bit of honey and mineral. WSc ~91pt; WE92pt When to drink: 2015 to 2024 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.La Moussière is the cornerstone of Alphonse Mellot and in its energy and precision it is not only an unmistakable Mellot but also a quality and stylistic level most producers don’t reach rudimentarily. The 2013 Sancerre La Moussière offers very pure, mineral and fresh fruit and floral aromas on the nose, which are neither green nor tropical, but so invitingly subtle, elegant and proofund that you don’t want to name the scents, just enjoy them. (I got fresh and minerally accentuated Riesling-like flavors of white peaches/nectarines and orange peels the second day…) On the palate, too, this is a pure, complex and powerful Sancerre of great personality, finesse and expression. Tightly woven and animating in its vibrant, citric limestone-minerality, this is a serious, fresh and persistent wine and surely one of the finest 2013 Sancerres I tasted for this report. You may enjoy it now and surely the next five or more years. It comes from 55-year-old vines rooted in calcareous marl soils (like the top wines Edmond and Géneration XIX) and was aged for 8-10 months in new demi-muids (one-third) and in vats (two-thirds). And yes, it’s a 2013, which is an excellent vintage for those who love purity and tension in wine. Wine Advocate 94 (2013)

20170112 WineView 23562 2nd time Drank: 20170224 Lost the secret favor of the first trial. Taste: still with bit of honey and mineral. WSc ~91pt; WE92pt When to drink: 2015 to 2024 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.La Moussière is the cornerstone of Alphonse Mellot and in its energy and precision it is not only an unmistakable Mellot but also a quality and stylistic level most producers don’t reach rudimentarily. The 2013 Sancerre La Moussière offers very pure, mineral and fresh fruit and floral aromas on the nose, which are neither green nor tropical, but so invitingly subtle, elegant and proofund that you don’t want to name the scents, just enjoy them. (I got fresh and minerally accentuated Riesling-like flavors of white peaches/nectarines and orange peels the second day…) On the palate, too, this is a pure, complex and powerful Sancerre of great personality, finesse and expression. Tightly woven and animating in its vibrant, citric limestone-minerality, this is a serious, fresh and persistent wine and surely one of the finest 2013 Sancerres I tasted for this report. You may enjoy it now and surely the next five or more years. It comes from 55-year-old vines rooted in calcareous marl soils (like the top wines Edmond and Géneration XIX) and was aged for 8-10 months in new demi-muids (one-third) and in vats (two-thirds). And yes, it’s a 2013, which is an excellent vintage for those who love purity and tension in wine. Wine Advocate 94 (2013)

7.3

Tom Casagrande

This is electric! Unbelievably bright nose. Tingly lemon-lime. Clean high-toned stony minerality. Flowers. Gooseberries. Seashells. Fresh and alive in the mouth. So crisp and zingy. Zero grassiness or herbal stuff. Does Sauvignon get any better?

This is electric! Unbelievably bright nose. Tingly lemon-lime. Clean high-toned stony minerality. Flowers. Gooseberries. Seashells. Fresh and alive in the mouth. So crisp and zingy. Zero grassiness or herbal stuff. Does Sauvignon get any better?

9.4

Félix-Antoine Brunet

Fruit tropical, blanc, bonne acidité.

Fruit tropical, blanc, bonne acidité.

8.9

Andrew Rasse

Lemon, rocks, jalapeño, salt. Nice weight. Classy.

Lemon, rocks, jalapeño, salt. Nice weight. Classy.

9.2

LM Segal

Distinct for its stoniness, gravelly-Apple notes. Really lively on the palate, a zing with elegance. One of those whites you just keep going back to. Kudos to Tina-Anne, learned wine lady #provisions1268

Distinct for its stoniness, gravelly-Apple notes. Really lively on the palate, a zing with elegance. One of those whites you just keep going back to. Kudos to Tina-Anne, learned wine lady #provisions1268

9.2

Daniel Sherbert

Sancerre and Alaskan halibut. Perfect pairing

Sancerre and Alaskan halibut. Perfect pairing

9.1

Arthur Murphy

Lemony and refreshing.

Lemony and refreshing.

9.0

Pazzu Zu

This guy makes the best Sancerre... Shhhh

This guy makes the best Sancerre... Shhhh

8.8

Anne Selee

Classic fruits and minerality

Classic fruits and minerality

9.0

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