2018 A Mellot Sancerre Blanc ‘La Moussiere’ 375mL

$20

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Very aromatic nose with hints of grapefruit, meyer lemon and white pepper. The palate is light with good minerality and tart citrus characteristics that make you want to take a bite of food. Organic and Biodynamic Farming Practices. 

Try this wine alongside fish or chicken with a little Asian flare like Thai chili basil!

 

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Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc, a very recognizable white wine that is popularly dry, refreshingly zesty, and has strong, fruity and herbal characteristics. Ever hear of the term “pyrazines?” It’s a term noting the strong herbaceous flavors that are derived from compounds called Methoxypyrazines. These compounds are also found in bell peppers!

A flagship varietal to the Loire Valley in France (Sancerre) and New Zealand, the Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand tend to be more aromatic and have tropical fruit notes than those from the Bordeaux or Loire Valley regions in France. Usually fermented in stainless steel vats, Sauvignon Blanc gives a clean, crisp flavor with occasional mineral notes, but no characteristics from oak, like you would normally see in a grape varietal like Chardonnay. However, look out for Fumé Blanc, this style of wine is an oaked-version of Sauvignon Blanc.

Loire Valley, France

The Loire is actually the largest river in France and the Loire Valley is a large region that follows as it flows towards the Atlantic. Another cooler climate region in France, the Loire Valley produces many exciting and exceptional red, rosé, and white wines in a variety of styles. 

Lean and lively white varieties like Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadet (Melon de Bourgogne or Melon Blanc) dominate in many sub-regions here including Anjou-Saumur, Touraine, and the Upper Loire (Centre). Rustic reds like Cabernet Franc, Gamay, and Côt (Malbec) are also grown in smaller areas. Some of the most infamous for Cabernet Franc are that of Bourgueil and Chinon located in the Touraine (Middle Loire). The Loire Valley is also known to produce quality sparkling wines from grape varieties including Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Franc (for rosé). You’ll often find these wines to be tart with fresh fruit flavors and labelled as Crémant de Loire. 

The history of Sancerre dates back to the beginning of the Middle Ages, before the year 1000 when it is recorded that a Castle was erected in the town. In 1513 local records have been found mentioning the Mellot family, whose life even at that time was governed by the seasons of the vine and the production of wines of quality. In 1698 César Mellot was appointed as Wine Advisor to Louis XIV. At the beginning of the XIX century, ALPHONSE MELLOT founded a tavern in Sancerre for people to enjoy his wine. And in 1881 he was granted a licence to ship his wine throughout France and all over the world. You can figure out the rest. You are drinking a history lesson. 

2018 A Mellot ‘La Moussiere’ Sancerre Blanc

SIGHT
Color: Green Hue
Color Depth: Pale
Clarity: Clear
Viscosity: Thin & Quick

NOSE
Intensity: Powerful
Aromas/Flavors:
Fruit: Gooseberry, Meyer Lemon, Grapefruit
Flower: Lemon Blossom, Honeysuckle
Herbs: Grass, Bell Pepper
Spice: White Pepper
Earth: Flinty, Smokey
Oak: Lemon Curd, Shortbread, Brioche

PALATE
Sweetness: Dry
Body: Light
Acidity: High
Tannin: N/A
Alcohol: 13.5%-14%
Finish: Long

CONCLUSION
Country: France
Region: Sancerre, Loire Valley
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2018
Price: $20
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