Alphonse Mellot Sancerre ROUGE En Grands Champs 2018

Domaine Alphonse Mellot
Red Wine
Pinot Noir
1 hectare
Limestone soil
72 years old
Organic - Certified|Biodynamic
11 months, half in wooden vats and half in 600-litre casks, end of maturing en masse for a minimum of 6-8 months


En Grands Champs, a cuvee of character produced from a large terroir of so-called “Buzançais” limestone soil at the very top of Domaine de la Moussière. This 100% Pinot Noir red wine has a powerful nose with notes of blackberry, morello cherry and pink pepper blending into a jubilantly smoky bouquet, a superbly rich carmine robe and an elegantly fresh and fruity palate set off by fine silky tannins.

En Grands Champs is an “haute couture” wine and a perfect match for a fine piece of Charolais beef, a chicken liver terrine or a peach soup dessert. Elaborated for cellaring, it has come to rival its elder brother “Génération XIX”.



94pts Wine Enthusiast – 2014 vintage

“From old vines planted in a single vineyard, this is a spectacular red. It has the crisp acidity of the cool-climate Sancerre, but it also has the weight and ripeness of a fine Burgundy. The wood aging has left a spicy toasty edge to the beautiful cherry fruits and acidity. It could age for another year to be at its best.”

92pts The Wine Advocate – 2014 vintage

“From 66-year-old vines on limestone soils, the 2014 Sancerre En Grands Champs offers a deep, elegant and floral, as well as spicy bouquet with perfectly ripe red and dark fruit aromas. Firm, fresh and pure on the palate, this is an excellent Pinot Noir with a firm mineral and tannic structure, but also a stunning finesse and a serious charm. The finish is stimulatingly fresh and salty, and indicates a very good aging potential.”

95pts Bettane Desseauve – 2012 vintage

“The 2012 Alphonse Mellot cuvee “En Grands Champs” was listed as one of the 10 great Pinot Noirs by Bettane Desseauve in their December 2015 issue. En Grand Champs was the only Pinot Noir outside of Burgundy to make the list which included the likes of Romanee Conti and Clos de Tart.”

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