France: Loire Valley

Central Vineyards of the Loire

The wines of Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and their neighbours
By Jim Budd

This Guide was last updated on 23 April 2011
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Alphonse Mellot

Address: Rue César, 18300 Sancerre
Tel: 02 48 54 07 41  Fax: 02 48 54 07 62
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 47:19:57N (47.33241)    Longitude: 2:50:26E (2.84066) 

The first record of the Mellot family is 1513 when they were already involved in wine. The eldest son has always been called Alphonse and the 19th Alphonse is now in charge with his father Alphonse (Senior). They have given up the négociant side of their business to concentrate on their domaine wines. All are recommended. For the Sancerre whites the unoaked Domaine Moussière is the main cuvée but the more expensive, barrel fermented Génération XIX and Cuvée Edmond are well worth trying and they age well. The arrival of Alphonse Junior revolutionised the reds – no-one is making better Sancerre Rouge. As with the whites, Domaine de la Moussière is the main cuvée with three high quality, limited quantity and not inexpensive cuvées: Génération XIX, La Demoiselle and En Grands Champs. If your previous experience of Sancerre reds has been light and rather weedy reds then these should be a revelation.

Useful information: There is an Alponse Mellot wine shop opposite the offices open 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-18.00.


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