Alphonse Mellot Sancerre BLANC Generation XIX 2018

Sancerre Generation XIX is pungently redolent of fresh lemon and parsnip, caraway, narcissus, parsley, and nettle. Firm and almost explosively bright on the palate, its citrus is mingled with bitter notes of zest, parsnip and caraway as well as a resinous element of barrel, but that does not dry the wine out.

Instead, this is about as brashly, penetratingly juicy a Sauvignon as one could want, but one whose message – even allowing for impressions of salt and chalk – seems to me largely confined to a rather narrowly tart, pungent, umbelliferous (i.e. parsley-, parsnip-like) band width. It would however be very interesting to see how this strident Sancerre evolves over the next several years.

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94pts Wine Advocate – 2017 vintage

From calcareous marl soils the 2017 Sancerre Génération XIX is a great, pure, vibrantly fresh and tensioned representative of the region and a great vintage. Deep, fine and complex on the very elegant and fresh yet concentrated nose, this is a tight, complex and sustainable Sancerre whose density is lifted by mineral freshness and backboned by extract and a tight yet fine tannin structure.

The finish is fresh and stimulatingly salty and exhibits the complexity of 100+-year-old vines. Tasted in November 2020.

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Alphonse Mellot Sancerre BLANC Generation XIX 2018

Sancerre Generation XIX is pungently redolent of fresh lemon and parsnip, caraway, narcissus, parsley, and nettle. Firm and almost explosively bright on the palate, its citrus is mingled with bitter notes of zest, parsnip and caraway as well as a resinous element of barrel, but that does not dry the wine out.

Instead, this is about as brashly, penetratingly juicy a Sauvignon as one could want, but one whose message – even allowing for impressions of salt and chalk – seems to me largely confined to a rather narrowly tart, pungent, umbelliferous (i.e. parsley-, parsnip-like) band width. It would however be very interesting to see how this strident Sancerre evolves over the next several years.

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Shelf Talker

Tech Sheet

94pts Wine Advocate – 2017 vintage

From calcareous marl soils the 2017 Sancerre Génération XIX is a great, pure, vibrantly fresh and tensioned representative of the region and a great vintage. Deep, fine and complex on the very elegant and fresh yet concentrated nose, this is a tight, complex and sustainable Sancerre whose density is lifted by mineral freshness and backboned by extract and a tight yet fine tannin structure.

The finish is fresh and stimulatingly salty and exhibits the complexity of 100+-year-old vines. Tasted in November 2020.

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