Sancerre Red “La Moussière” 2014 – Alphonse Mellot winery – Biodynamic cultivated wine


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There is a controversy around the creation of Sancerre. Some historians claim it was from Julius Caesar, others say it was from a Saxon colony that would have been established during the reign of Charlemagne. It is certain however that it goes back to the first years of the Middle-Age, before the year 1000, and that a castle was built on this prosperous location. In the sixteenth century, and very precisely in 1513, the local archives mention the MELLOT family. This family was already living at the steady pace of the vineyard and of quality wine. At the beginning of the 19th century, ALPHONSE MELLOT created an Inn in Sancerre where he served wines from the area and thus gave a fast growing boom to his business that will continue to be successful. 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.

Alphonse MELLOT father and son (respectively 18th and 19th of the name) perpetuated this old wine’s tradition. The wines are produced from the high vineyards of Sancerre whose most famous is called the “DOMAINE LA MOUSSIERE”. Its exceptional quality has granted it to be the only one in the Sancerrois region to benefit from the prestigious mention “hors concours”. The DOMAINE LA MOUSSIERE, expands on ​​more than thirty hectares in one piece.

Its favorable exposure to the southwestern tip of Sancerre, its limestone soil and its sub-soil gather all the necessary components for the vine cultivation. Red Sancerre is produced from the “Pinot Noir” variety, specifically with the old vines of Vieux Clos Chambrastes. The legend says that it is located on the site of an ancient Roman camp.

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