Domaine Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Génération Dix-Neuf 2018

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Domaine Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Génération Dix-Neuf 2018
Producer Domaine Alphonse Mellot
Region, Country Sancerre, France
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 6
Product Code 20854-750

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.

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.



Domaine Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Génération Dix-Neuf 2018

Reviews

“The 2018 Sancerre Génération Dix-Neuf (XIX) opens with a very clear, pure and, given the warm and dry vintage, beautifully fresh and mineral-scented bouquet with flinty and yeasty notes intermingled with white fruit aromas. Generously fruity but also salty, pure and tensioned on the palate, this is a full-bodied and elegant but thrilling 2018 Sancerre with a spectacularly long and iodine-laced finish.”
94 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate
“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 points, 94-95 points, Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous

Reviews

“The 2018 Sancerre Génération Dix-Neuf (XIX) opens with a very clear, pure and, given the warm and dry vintage, beautifully fresh and mineral-scented bouquet with flinty and yeasty notes intermingled with white fruit aromas. Generously fruity but also salty, pure and tensioned on the palate, this is a full-bodied and elegant but thrilling 2018 Sancerre with a spectacularly long and iodine-laced finish.”
94 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate
“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 points, 94-95 points, Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous

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