Alphonse Mellot

La Moussière Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc

9.035 ratings
9.010 pro ratings
Sancerre, Central Vineyards, Loire Valley, France
Sauvignon Blanc
Top Notes For
Tom Casagrande

Just terrific. Nose has the purest essence of ripe lemon-lime and crushed limestone. Not even a hint of unripe grass or cat pee. In the mouth, there is saliva-inducing bright but ripe acidity, and mouthfilling flavors. Gorgeous.

Just terrific. Nose has the purest essence of ripe lemon-lime and crushed limestone. Not even a hint of unripe grass or cat pee. In the mouth, there is saliva-inducing bright but ripe acidity, and mouthfilling flavors. Gorgeous.

Feb 11th, 2020
Tom Casagrande

So lean, precise, and minerally. Nose is somewhat subdued, but gives up scent of lime zest and dry sea shells. A faint note of fresh green herbs. Loads of minerals in the mouth, with a lean and lingering finish. I’m drinking it as an aperitif, but it would shine with seared scallops.

So lean, precise, and minerally. Nose is somewhat subdued, but gives up scent of lime zest and dry sea shells. A faint note of fresh green herbs. Loads of minerals in the mouth, with a lean and lingering finish. I’m drinking it as an aperitif, but it would shine with seared scallops.

Jul 26th, 2018
William Hughes

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.

Mar 26th, 2016
Andrew Rasse

This shits the bomb. Lemon. Rocks. Jalapeños. Razor sharp.

This shits the bomb. Lemon. Rocks. Jalapeños. Razor sharp.

Oct 1st, 2017
M
7.3

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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)

Jan 12th, 2017
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?

Jul 3rd, 2016
Félix-Antoine Brunet

Fruit tropical, blanc, bonne acidité.

Fruit tropical, blanc, bonne acidité.

May 22nd, 2016
Andrew Rasse

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

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

May 8th, 2016
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

Feb 28th, 2016
Daniel Sherbert

Sancerre and Alaskan halibut. Perfect pairing

Sancerre and Alaskan halibut. Perfect pairing

Feb 22nd, 2016