Alphonse Mellot Sancerre ROUGE La Demoiselle 2012

We are here on the flinty, clay soil, right on the Sancerre Peak, at the spot on the east side called “La Demoiselle”. The stone is compacted here into a dense layer of sharp, stumbling flints, a soil that is most unfamiliar to the Pinot Noir giving it great originality.

The flinty mineral makes the cherry seem almost like kirsch with peppery notes that are reminiscent of a côte rôtie. A real surprise for such a great variety as the Pinot Noir.

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90+pts The Wine Advocate – 2010 vintage

“the Mellot 2010 Sancerre rouge La Demoiselle displays a bright fresh-fruitedness that I missed in the corresponding La Moussiere, and which I can’t help suspecting one can credit in part to this the flint-rich, west-northwest facing site. Fresh and distilled cherry mingle with beef stock; a saliva-liberating salinity quickens the sappy mid-palate; and the satisfyingly juicy finish evinces a genuine sense of levity. This is really a remarkable success for its appellation, not to mention its vintage.”

91pts The Wine Advocate – 2012 vintage

“2012 La Demoiselle is a pure and fresh Pinot Noir from a small plot on flinty clay soils. Red currant, cassis and dark cherry flavors are mixed with fresh raspberry, lime/grapefruit and floral aromas, cayenne pepper and darkly toasted cacao and coffee beans. This powerful, elegant, silky textured and full-bodied red is ripe, sweet and fruit intense, but also refined, fresh and structured by firm, still young tannins and a delicate acidity. It finishes persistently with an animating purity and remarkable finesse and nutty aromas. I would store it for another 3 or 4 years before I start drinking it.”

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