Alphonse Mellot Sancerre BLANC Cuvee Edmond 3L 2014

Named after Alphonse Edmond, the father of present owner of Alphonse Mellot, this is the top wine of this impressive estate. It is produced from some of the estate’s oldest vines which are around 100 years old and situated on Kimmeridgian marl and limestone soils. This cuvee is fermented and aged for 11 months in wooden vats and new demi-muid barrels before bottling. 

Tasting Notes: Pale gold yellow in colour with light green sheen – brilliant, bright and clear – a young honest appearance. A rich majestic nose. All is rich, ripe and powerful, whether it is fruity or floral. Density, depth and balanced graceful “majestic nature” are established from the outset.

Honey, vanilla, lemon, brioche etc., follow each other as if in a daydream, all orchestrated through a new woody tone. Opening it makes it welcoming and tender with crisp plants revealing aniseed, menthol, liquorice and spices. A gluttonous, rich and virile nose. The effect is extensive, lively and gluttonous, ideally balanced between being highly well rounded and agreeably crisp.

Smoothly rounded it gives full measure in establishing liquorice and aniseed, lime and vanilla, pepper and Muscat. The long spicy and woody finish is carved in flint.

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96pts The Wine Advocate – 2014 vintage

“From almost 100-year-old vines on Kimmeridgian marl and limestone soils, the 2014 Sancerre Edmond displays a very deep and mineral nose with herbal and stony favors. Extremely pure and mineral on the palate, this is a tightly woven, firm and mineral wine that is still restrained, but wow, what a combination of power and finesse! The finish is endlessly salty but also reveals that this wine is still bloody young.”

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