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2019 Alphonse Mellot Edmond Sancerre

Loire ValleyWhiteHighly RecommendInternationalPrivate Cellar

$ 217.00 AUD

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Biodynamic. Hand-harvested from old vines in the Moussière vineyard. Here, the wine comes from a range of 50- to 90-year-old vines on the southerly slope of the site, where the Saint-Doulchard marls give way to a blanket of weathered limestone rocks that are locally called calcaires à astartes. Cropped even lower than the Dix-Neuf, Edmond’s fermentation and élevage took place in 600-litre barrels, with a portion raised in a 2,000-litre wooden, egg-shaped Taransaud ovum (the only other ovum we have encountered in the Loire is across the river, chez Dagueneau). It was aged on fine lees for around 12 months.

Region - Loire Valley

Type - White

Year - 2019

Winery - Loire Valley

Grape - Sauvignon Blanc

Volume - Standard - 750ml

About the wine

Tasting notes

As if carved from the stones themselves, this is a profound and structured white wine with an intense depth of white stone fruit, white flowers and all kinds of citrus. It has layers, aromatic complexity, tension, precision, profound minerality and striking length. These wines can live 20 to 30 years easily, and typically only start to peak after five to 10 years. With each sip, it extends the boundaries of what we understand Sauvignon (and Sancerre) to be capable of delivering.

Wine descriptors

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

Fruit aromas & flavour

Apples and Pear, Citrus, Stonefruit

Other aromas & flavour

Florals, Minerality, Oak, Spices

Body type

medium

Acidity

medium

Food pairings

Pork

Cheese

Pizza

Vegetables

Shellfish

Oysters

Cured Meats

Desserts

Fish

Spicy Foods

Red Meat

Pasta

BBQ

Poultry

Expert review

"The 2019 Cuvée Edmond is a pure, precise expression of Sancerre, fermented entirely in oak of differing sizes and ages, yet the refined fruit soars with its fine nectarine and floral characters. While light in body, this has tender flesh built through the mid-palate, likely due to the vines hailing from Kimmeridgian limestone and the 10–14 months on lees. The long finish feels as if someone turned on a tap in your mouth, such is the effect of the acidity.” 93-95 points

Vinous

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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