Sancerre White “Les Herses” 2016 – Alphonse Mellot winery – Biodynamic cultivated wine


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The foundation of Sancerre is controversial. Some historians attribute it to Julius Caesar, others to a Saxon colony that would have been established during the reign of Charlemagne. It is certain however that it goes back to the first times of the Middle Ages, before the year 1000, and that a castle was built on this privileged location.
Thus, from the sixteenth century, and very precisely in 1513, the local archives mention the family MELLOT. This family was already living at the steady pace of the vineyard and quality wine. At the beginning of the 19th century, ALPHONSE MELLOT creates in Sancerre an inn, where he makes appreciate the wines of the country and thus gives to his trade a success that will not stop. In 1881, a license is granted that allows him to ship his wine in France and around the world. This is the beginning of a peaceful conquest, and since that date, the family home continues to expand, from father to son, the eldest of each generation bears the name of the founder.

It is thus that Alphonse MELLOT father and son (respectively 18th and 19th of the name), perpetuate this old wine tradition.

Sancerre “Les Herses” comes from a plot of 1.6 hectares, facing south-west, on a silex clay soil, with Sauvignon vines of an average age of 45 years. The wine is fermented in tronconic and “demi-muids” wooden vats. The aging is 10 months in wood on fine lees, then six months in vats.

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