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2018 Alphonse Mellot Génération Dix-Neuf Sancerre

Loire ValleyWhiteHighly RecommendInternationalPrivate Cellar

$ 190.00 AUD


Biodynamic. Together with its sister-in-arms Cuvée Edmond, Dix-Neuf is the antithesis of modern, ‘textbook’ Sancerre. This jaw-dropping Sancerre is drawn from the oldest vines in the Moussière vineyard (approximately 100 years of age), cropped at Grand Cru Burgundy-level yields (in fact the lower end of this range). The wine was fermented and raised in 2,000-litre, tronconique wooden tanks for 12 months before a spell in steel on lees. Only 500 cases per year get to see the light of day.

Region - Loire Valley

Type - White

Year - 2018

Winery - Loire Valley

Grape - Sauvignon Blanc

Volume - Standard - 750ml

About the wine

Tasting notes

It’s an intense, arresting wine, unfolding in a dizzying array of citrus oil, hints of pepper, tonic, iodine, pear sorbet and spice. Yet these complex aromas play behind an almost otherworldly weightless structure and crackling energy. Imagine the intensity and texture of great white Burgundy, but with the racy core of acidity you find in great Riesling or Chenin Blanc. As difficult they are to describe, both this and the cuvée Edmond below stack up to the finest whites on the planet; both are intensely mineral Sancerres that make a bold statement about what Sauvignon Blanc can be.

Wine descriptors

Captivating and Complex, Elegant and Fine, For the Cellar, Something Special, Vibrant and Exciting

Fruit aromas & flavour

Apples and Pear, Citrus, Stonefruit

Other aromas & flavour

Florals, Minerality, Oak, Pepper, Spices

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Expert review

“Tasted just before it was about to head to the bottling line, the 2018 Sancerre Generation XIX is a very convincing, top-drawer Sancerre. It caresses the palate yet remains floaty-light. The glacial purity of fruit is reminiscent of lemon meringue and pear. A hugely relaxed, tranquil style with fine length. While a mere pup, it's already gorgeous and will drink beautifully upon release and for a decade.” 94-95 points


The Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

A crisp, textural and beautifully expressive white wine that grows in almost every wine growing country across the world. In the hands of a great winemaker, Sauvignon Blanc can rival the very best white wines of the world with its complex aromas and flavours that you won't find in other white varieties. The expressions from Sancerre and Bordeaux set the benchmark the world over, using oak as a medium for body and spice, and in great Sauvignon Blanc you'll find notes of white florals, gentle herbals, creme fraiche, cassis, melon, complex citrus, pear, gooseberry, vanilla, cashew and hints of passionfruit.

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